The Chapel and School of the Hopedale Community

    This building was the original chapel and school for the Community.  In the early days, it also housed
    the library. "By 1855 the Hopedale library, located in the combined school and chapel building, had
    over six hundred volumes, excluding various public documents sent to it by Senator Charles Sumner
    and other sympathetic congressmen. Open at least once a week, for lending purposes, the library
    had its established rules, including fines for overdue books." Hopedale: Commune to Company
    Town, Edward K. Spann, p. 87

    The building was later used for a store and a residence.  In the 1950s this structure, the two homes
    behind it and the Chapel Street School were demolished.  The only building left standing on the
    block was the Dutcher Street School.           

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The paragraphs above are from Adin Ballou's History of Milford, p. 197.