This is where the church circus was in 1912. Looks rather different
    now, though. Click here to see what it looked like back then.

Click here to read about the tragic addident.

The proposed development must have been in this area.

    The Legion Home was bought by the Mallard family, and as stated
    in the article, moved and attached to their house, behind the post
    office. Click here to read and see more on that.

Click here for more on The Lookout, where the cabins were.

Click here for more on the Dutcher Street School.

    Some of the changes, mentioned in the August 1912 article above,
    can be seen by comparing  the drawing from 1904 with the one from
    1913, including the removal of the old office building. That was done
    after the building of the new main office, now Atria Draper Place.

Looks like a TruGreen convention on Tammie Road.

    I hadn't seen that locomotive before today. (August 1) Actually
    I've been hearing the trains, but not seeing them as much as I
    used to. They seem to come and leave, not spending as much
    time here as they once did.

    Our daily visitor staying behind St. Francis for protection. When
    pears fall to the ground, as they have been for a couple of weeks,
    if he gets to them before I do, he has a pretty good lunch.

Hopedale in August 2016

More photos will be added during the month.

Hopedale in July 2016   

Hopedale history ezine for August 1 -
Field Day, 1922   

Ezine for mid-August -
Park and Pond, 1940s   

Ezine Menu                   HOME   


Yes, there he is, finishing off a pear.

    Since this showed up on ebay just a few weeks after the
    Gannett auction, it seems likely that's where it came from.

    But if old ID cards aren't your
    thing, maybe this ebay item is.

    The Autobiography of Adin Ballou, Annotated Edition, was published this week. This
    edition is the result of 25 years of research by Lynn Gordon Hughes, the foremost
    authority on Adin Ballou and the Hopedale Community. Here is part of a description of
    the book from Amazon.

    This edition includes: - Over 100 pages of annotations — more than 800 notes to
    illuminate the people, places, relationships, literary allusions, religious movements,
    and popular culture that made up Ballou’s world - A complete bibliography of Ballou’s
    writings, including a guide to online editions - Two articles by Ballou, written 40 years
    apart, describing his role in the formation of the Restorationist denomination - The full
    text of the correspondence between Ballou and Leo Tolstoy, newly compiled from the
    two published sources.

    Click here to go to the page for the book.

    If you're living in New England and you like lobster, you can be happy that you can get it cheaper than Richard
    Bodreau. Richard, who grew up in the Water Cure House on Hopedale Street, is now living in Oregon. He
    put  the picture above on Facebook this week. I asked if it would be okay to put it here, along with what he
    wrote about his annual lobster from New England meal. Here's his reply.

    Dear Friend Dan Malloy,
    Thanks for all you do  to keep our memories of growing up in Hopedale alive my friend. Sure, go ahead and
    share my Facebook post with the folks in Hopedale and surrounding. At age 66 and retired  I  must get my
    Maine Lobster and Oliva's Market Italian cold cuts need quenched every year.  I must have my annual token
    fix of good ole fresh Maine Lobster and Italian cold cuts quenched once or some times twice a year. You just
    can't get it here in the Northwest. I place an overnight shipment order at Patriot Lobster in Salem, Ma and one
    at Oliva's Market in Milford, Ma. Every year. As I said above , You just can't get good quality Italian cold cuts, or
    fresh Maine Lobster here in the Northwest.  After living 28 years in Hopedale and Boston I have been spoiled
    and need to get my fix. Lol  Thanks to Fedex and the Internet I can get it these days. I might add that it's very
    expensive but very much worth it to this old Hopedale raised fellow.  Overnight Shipping is about $50 for
    each order as it must be shipped Fedex overnight priority. I have attached the links for Oliva's Market and
    Patriot Lobster & Seafood

    Richard also included the following links, in case you want to get lobster or an Oliva's meal the way he does.   

    Yes, that's where it was. Click here to go to
    a Milford News article on the old oak tree.

From Milford Daily News

    Click here for a review of Trattoria 89 Central – 89 Main Street, Milford, by the Grumpy
    Gourmet. Grumpy grew up in Milford and Hopedale, and now lives in Connecticut.

    The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club gathers at a different location each Tuesday
    during the summer. The pictures above show members gathering and setting out
    on August 9th, when they paddled on Hopedale Pond. Here's a link to the club's site.

    You can dine at Liz's Diamond, down by the airport, but as you see here,
    there are some who are happy to eat at the Town Park Diamond.

    I met Mike Danello at the Milford History Museum recently. When he
    told me that he was a stamp collector and dealer, I told him of the
    Hopedale Community postal stamp. He had never heard of it, so
    when he got home, he looked it up in a catalog. What you see above
    is what he found. Catalog prices are based on sales, but Mike said
    since they are so rare it's been a long time since one sold, and so the
    price has shown as $800 in the catalogs for many years. He found
    one being offered for $1200, but until and unless it sells, the price in
    the catalog will remain at $800. Click here to go to a page on the
    postal system of the Hopedale Community.

G&U yard, August 19. What big ears you have.

    This is just part of a large area along Route 140 in Franklin that has been cleared in the last month. I looked
    online to see if I could find what was going on there. According to this paragraph from the minutes of the
    October  2015 meeting of the Bellingham Planning Board, it's a 40B development. JSK is James S. Kupfer,
    the Bellingham town planner.