Hopedale Street and Place Names
and place names in Hopedale. I haven't included some of the more obvious ones such
as the original Community names (Peace, Freedom, Hope, Progress, etc.)or others
such as Lake Street, and Cemetery Street, except for cases where I have information
beyond the obvious. Please email me (link on homepage) with additions, corrections
and suggestions for this page.
If you're looking for information on when the various neighborhoods of duplexes were
built by the Draper Corporation, click here.
Here's a paragraph written by Frank Dutcher in 1910, recalling Hopedale's streets in
pre-Civil War days. Our highways included the present Main Street (now Route
16/Mendon Street) running from Mendon to Milford past Mr. O.B. Young's with
Freedom Street at the northerly limit as the only other road to Milford. Freedom Street
at that time went to Mendon, up the steep hill past the "Saltbox" place, now occuped by
the Dillon family. Hopedale Street connected the roads through the center of the place.
Dutcher Steet, then called High Street, only existed in the imagination, with the
exception of the short section connecting Social and Union streets. There were no
good sidewalks. Frank Dutcher, Hopedale Reminiscences
Here are a few sentences from Charles Merrill about Hopedale streets in 1910. The
village streets were surfaced with finely crushed stone, which was easy on the horses'
feet. In hot, dry weather, they were wet down with a sprinkler cart drawn by a pair of
horses, laying the dust and sending up a warm, humid smell as it passed by. The
streets all had the same names that they do now, but no one but a well-informed citizen
could know what they were. There were no street signs in 1910, and would not be until
some time in the twenties when carrier delivery of mail came into being. Charles
Merrill, Hopedale As I Found It.
I've heard that there were no street signs in Hopedale until the time when home
delivery of mail began, because the Drapers felt they gave a cluttered appearance to
the town. When home delivery began, however, they were put up because it was a
postal system requirement. Evidently deciding that if they had to have them, they
wouldn't be flimsy little signs, Drapers made them in the company foundry. The
Hopedale/Draper sign at the top of this page is an example of what they looked like.
Material followed by AB - HM is from Adin Ballou's History of Milford. HHC is Ballou's
History of the Hopedale Community. Anything followed by DM you can blame on me,
Adin Street - Named for town founder, Adin Ballou. (And I just said I wasn't doing the
obvious ones. Well, I'll leave Ballou Drive for you to figure out.)
Bancroft Park / Bancroft Memorial Library - Joseph Bancroft, one of the Uxbridge group
that was very important to the formation of the Community, moved to Hopedale in
1847. He married Sylvia Thwing, sister of the wives of Ebenezer and George Draper.
As he rose through the ranks of the Draper Company he did very well financially. After
the death of Sylvia in 1898, he decided to build a library and give it to the town in her
name. Joseph served as president of Drapers from 1907 until his death in 1909. The
house on the north side of the library was the home of the Bancrofts.
Carpenter Road - Long-since discontinued, this road extended from Route 140 near
the Upton town line and went from there to Mendon. The link will bring you to a Gordon
Hopper' article on the road, plus pictures.
Catherine Street - I've heard that the street was named for Katherine Kelley, mother of
Gladys McVitty, whose husband developed the Dana Park, McVitty Road, Catherine
Street neighborhood. How did it become Catherine Street if it was named for
Katherine? My wild guess is that it was a mistake when the signs were ordered. (See
Dana Park for more on the area.)
Centre Street - Centre St., in Hopedale Village, from Hopedale to Dutcher; on the
recorded Plan of Hopedale site designated as Union St., accepted 1872. AB - HM It
had seemed that Union Street was one of those names like Peace, Hope, Social,
Freedom and Progress, that stood for the ideals of the Hopedale Community. However,
based on what Ballou wrote in History of Milford, it was first named Centre Street and
evidently was changed to Union later and had an origin other than Community ideals.
While the street was accepted in 1872, its name may have become Union before that.
Possibly it was a Civil War era change, promoted by people who weren't as anti-war as
Ballou and the more faithful of the Community.
Chapel Street - The original chapel and school of the Community, was located in the
block enclosed by Hopedale, Freedom, Dutcher and Chapel streets.
Chapel Street School - In addition to the chapel and school of the Hopedale Community
mentioned above, there was another school on the same block. It was an elementary
school, probably built in 1868. In reporting on the 1956 town meeting, the Milford Daily
News stated that, "Residents voted to give selectmen permission to raze, sell or make
other disposition of the abandoned Chapel Street School building and to sell the
desks, chairs and other furnishings." The building was razed, probably not long after
Charlesgate Road - The "gate to the Charles;" a dead-end street off of Route 140,
which ends near the Charles River.
Community House - And no, it's not named the Community Center - it's the Community
House. Click on the link for more.
Cook Street - There were two gentlemen by the name of Cook in the original
Community. For a while I thought that the street was named for William Walker Cook
who had been one of the Uxbridge founders of the Hopedale Community. He sold
seeds and nursery stock through a mail-order catalog. The other was Alonzo Cook.
Originally a carpenter, he eventually became a paint dealer in Milford. However, in
History of the Hopedale Community, p. 129, Ballou tells of several purchases ot land in
1844, ending with, "The third and most important tract was the Amos Cook farm of 108
acres lying directly south of and contiguous to our territory with an outlying wood lot of
twenty three and a half acres, for which we paid $3,000." This description places the
Cook farm in the area where Cook Street is now located so it seems quite likely that
that was the origin of the name. Further on in HIstory of the Hopedale Community,
Ballou has more to say about the purchase. "During the year now under review, 
considerable addition was made to the Community Domain by the purchase of divers
lands contiguous to our previous estate, amounting in the aggregate to about 130
acres, thus increasing our territorial possessions to more than 500 acres. The largest
and by far the most important of these additions was that of the so-called "South Cook
farm,'" containing with its outlying wood-lots some 65 acres. This lay directly south of
our before acquired landed property, on the opposite side of the Mendon and Milford
road, and was divided by the highway leading to South Milford, Bellingham, etc., and
hence conveniently located for agricultural and horticultural purposes, to which it was
admirably adapted by the nature of the soil and by careful husbandry in later years.
We were now sole masters by legal title deeds of our little Mill River and nearly all the
territory skirting it on both sides for about a mile in length, north and south, snugly
ensconced between Magomiscock Hill in Milford on the east and Neck Hill along the
border of Mendon on the west; as pleasant a location as could be reasonably desired
for the purposes to which it was consecrated by us." It appears as though more of the
Cook farm that hadn't been bought in 1844 was purchased in 1848. Since I've already
put so much down on one of the shortest streets in town, I might as well do a little
more. From History of the Hopedale Community, pp. 171 - 2: "The year 1847 was one
of general health on our Community domain, although one of our number, Mrs. Abigail
Draper Cook, wife of Br. Wm. W. Cook, who had never been vigorous and strong, fell
into a confirmed decline in the spring which resulted fatally on the 22d of July. She was
but 27 years of age, a most estimable woman, of an admirable, devout, Christlike spirit,
much beloved in life, and in death deeply lamented." AB -HHC
Workmen from Rosenfeld's Washed Sand & Stone Co. have completed bulldozing a
new roadway off Hopedale Street in Hopedale. The new roadway is about 300 yards
long and begins at a point near the G&U railroad bridge, goes along the old Moore
property and comes out at a point further down Hopedale Street. James P. Hynes of
Rutland, formerly a Milford resident, was responsible for the private roadway. There
are three street names designated on the plans. The short stretch near the bridge is to
be called Cook Street; the long stretch in the rear running parallel to Hopedale Street
will be Nelson Street and the short way coming out further down Hopedale Street is
named Thwing Street. Land on this newly created way is owned by Mr. Hynes, who has
been selling lots through an agent, William J. Donovan, 184 Hopedale Street. The lots,
about 19 in number, are nearly all sold, and it appears that at least five houses will be
erected there shortly. Milford Daily News, April 26, 1948 See also Nelson Street
Cutler Bridge - A bridge across Hopedale Pond that has been gone for probably a
century or more. Evidently it connected a farm on the east side of the pond to Salt Box
Road which led to Mendon. The approach to the bridge still exists in the form of a
peninsula that extends out into the water from the eastern shore. It appears to have
been gone by the time the 1913 map of the Parklands was drawn, since it identifies it
as "Site of Cutler Bridge." See Bridges of Hopedale Pond. Also, see Cutler Street
Cutler Street - No. 30 [in Ballou's list of abandoned home-sites] is the Cutler place, on
an old discontinued "Drift-Way or Bridle-Road," that led from what is now Freedom St.,
north-eastwardly, over the Cutler Bridge, towards the Dea. Rawson place. David Cutler
was the most prominent early owner, and dwelt, in 1760, where the ruins now are. Then
said "Drift-Way" was laid. I have never been there to inspect the site, but am told that it
is situated on a north-easterly line from the Cutler Bridge, forty rods or more in the
direction of the Rawson estate. I suppose the Cutler place descended to his heirs, was
sold out to different purchasers, and ere long passed out of the family name. The
house is said to have been tenanted last by one Pease, who had Indian blood in his
veins. I have not been told the date of its final abandonment. AB - HM For more on
this, see Cutler Bridge above, and use the link to see the map that shows the location
of Rawson's Bridge, and, evidently, the former location of Cutler's Bridge.
Dana Park - This street was named for Dana Osgood. Osgood was the grandson of
George and Hannah Draper and the son of Edward Louis Osgood and Hannah Thwing
Draper Osgood. According to the town poll tax booklet for 1930, Osgood was 48, lived
at 50 Greene Street (which later became the furniture business known as the Harel
House) and gave his occupation as "manufacturer." Up into 1956, the street from the
intersection of Hopedale and Greene streets to the other end at Greene Street near
the Spindleville Pond was named McVitty Road. Louis McVitty was the man who
developed the area. It its account of the March 1956 Hopedale town meeting, the
Milford News reported that , "The name of McVitty Road was changed to Dana Park
by the voters, with no discussion." The southern end, however, kept the name, McVitty
Daniels Street - Possibly named for Hastings Daniels or his family. In Hopedale
Reminiscences, Sarah Daniels mentions that Hastings, owner of the farm which
became the home of the Hopedale Community, died in 1839. The Community
purchased the farm in 1841. In his History of the Hopedale Community, Ballou mentions
it having been known as the Hastings Daniels place.
Darling Hill - The part of the Parklands along the Hopedale-Mendon town line. The
name was used years ago but in recent decades it has become known as The
Lookout; particularly the part of the hill where the stone shelter is located.
Dec Court - Named for mid-twentieth century selectman Zeny Dec.
Dennett Apartments - See Griffin-Dennett Apartments.
Dennett Auditorium - The auditorium at Hopedale High School was named for Winburn
Dennett, principal of the school for many years. Dennett became a teacher at
Hopedale High in 1919 and retired as principal in 1963.
Dennett Street - "As for Dennett Street, I don't know which Dennett that is named for.
My great-great grandfather, Winburn Dennett, [grandfather of the high school
principal] came to Hopedale from Berwick, ME back around 1865. It may be named for
him." Charlie Dennett, e-mail, October 2003.
Depot Street - The street that goes from Hopedale Street to the Grafton & Upton
Draper Street - Why was one of the shortest streets in town named for Hopedale's most
prominent family? Very likely because George and Hannah Draper lived on the corner
of what are now Hopedale and Draper streets. (The site of their house is now part of
the Community House lawn.)
Driftway - Developed in the 1950s by Norman Henry who operated a farm at 200
Dutcher Street. A Milford News article at the time tells of the development. However,
some sort of road existed there much earlier. For more on this, see Cutler Street.
Dutcher Street - Warren Dutcher of Vermont was persuaded to move to Hopedale by
George Draper. Dutcher had invented an improved temple, an important loom part,
and he and Draper formed a partnership. Originally Dutcher Street was named High
Street. The name was changed sometime in the 1870s. On an 1870 map , it was still
named High Street and it extended from Adin Street to Social Street. On an 1886 map,
by then named Dtucher Street, it ends at Freedom Street. On a map made in the
1890s, it extends a little beyond Dennett and there the map ends. A 1916 map shows it
going beyond Lower Jones Road (still called Jones Road then). The upper end was
called North Dutcher at that time.
Fireplaces - Years ago The Parklands fireplace/picnic areas were known as the First,
Second and Third fireplaces. The First was the one two hundred yards or so after
entering the wooded area north of the bathhouse. The Second was about two hundred
yards south of the Rustic Bridge. The Third was the walk-in fireplace behind The
Driftway. The area around the Third has long been known as Maroney's Grove. In
1957,this naming system was complicated a bit when another picnic area was built
between the First and the Second fireplaces. For more, start here.
Fisherman's Island - An island about three-fourths of a mile up Hopedale Pond from
Freedom Street. One of the three walk-in fireplaces in and around The Parklands is
Fitzgerald Drive - Named for Frederick, Lloyd and Arthur Fitzgerald.
Freedom Street - From West, passing Dutcher and Hopedale, over Mill River, to
Mendon line; in part a very old road, and in part new; having, as the matter now stands
on record, two branches towards Mendon line, viz., the new North Mendon road, laid
out by the county commissioners, 1870, and the old "Salt Box" road, as relaid by said
commissioners, 1851. The general course of this road was probably an early
proprietors' path, from the ancient Tyler neighborhood in North Mendon to now Milford
Centre. It became first a legal town highway, 1748; alterations quite important in
Hopedale, and sanctioned by the town, 1849; the old road west of Hopedale
discontinued,1850, but re-opened by the county commissioners, 1851, with
considerable improvements ordered, and finally the new road aforesaid laid by the
county commissioners, 1870. From West St. to the fork at the foot of Neck Hill the
distance is about 425 rods, with a general width of 2 rods, made plus in some places
for materials; the "Salt Box" branch is 158 1/3 rods long, and 2 wide; the new road
branch is about 131 rods long, and 3 wide; entire length, 712 rods 10 links; the whole
contents are about 10 acres 77 rods. Some extras for materials are included. AB - HM
Gannet Way - In the last several decades of the twentieth century and into the twenty-
first, the only descendant of the Draper family of Draper Corporation fame living in
Hopedale was Bill Gannett. Bill's mother, Dorothy, was the daughter of Governor Eben
and Nancy Bristow Draper. (There have been other Drapers living in Hopedale for
many years, including recent times, but they weren't related to the Draper Corporation
Garages - When the Draper Corporation owned most of the houses in Hopedale (most
ot the houses north of Route16, anyway) they didn't allow cars to be parked in yards,
so areas with garages were established off of Bancroft Park, Jones Road, Lower Jones
Road, Prospect Street, Hill Street, Cemetery Street and between Park Street and Inman
General Draper High School - The high school is on the site once occupied by General
William Draper's mansion. According to the agreement when the land for the school
was donated to the town by the general's daughter, Princess Margaret Preston
(Draper) Boncompagni, the school was to be known as the General Draper High
School for a minimum of fifty years. (Or maybe forever.. Click here to read the legal
paper and see if you can figure it out.) It replaced the earlier high school on Hopedale
Street. That building, in 1935, became the Sacred Heart Church. Eventually a new
church was built and the old one was razed to expand the parking lot.
George Albert Draper Gymnasium - The gym was built in 1956, thanks to a $350,000
anonymous donation. It was named in honor of George A. Draper who, among other
things, was the donor of the Community House. He was the son of George and
Hannah (Thwing) Draper and the brother of Frances Eudora Draper, Hannah Thwing
Draper, General William Franklin Draper and Governor Eben Sumner Draper. "About
1910, when George A. Draper had become the general manager of the business,
having taken over charge of manufacturing and loom development in addition to his
duties as treasurer, the company broadened its work on improved mechanisms by
directing part of its research to precision building of all old and new loom devices."
Five Generations of Loom Builders, p. 18. See also Boston Celtics Play at the
(Route 140) and Plain Street. One place where the term can be seen is in the report of
fires in the 1926 town report. A chimney fire occurred at the home of a Mr. Varnum in
April of that year with Gleason's Corner given as the address. In town directories for
that time, the only Varnum listed was George Varnum of 221 South Main Street. So far
this is the only indication I've found as to where Gleason's Corner was.
The Green Store - For many years a store, the building is now the Community Bible
Chapel at the corner of Hartford Avenue and Route 140.
Greene Street - Sometime around the 1940s or 1950s, the spelling was changed from
Green Street to Greene Street. And now. as you follow Greene Street in Hopedale into
Milford, it becomes Green Street. Harriet Greene was a very prominent member of the
Hopedale Community. Did someone decide a century later to honor Harriet by adding
the e? I have no idea. Actually, it's even more confusing than that, because in looking
through old town records, prior to 1940, the final e comes and goes a few times.
Here's what Rev. Ballou wrote: "...from Main, near Fruit, passing Elm, Courtland, and
Hopedale, to Mill; a small portion of the very oldest part (from the widow Sarah Clark's
to Ransom J. Clark's) laid in connection with a now long-discontinued road to Mendon,
1723; a large section (from said widow Clark's, northerly, to Cortland and Elm Sts.)
[This reference is , of course, to Elm Street Milford, neither Hopedale as an
independent town or Elm Street, Hopedale existing at the time this was written.] laid
1732; another section (from Ransom J. Clark's to Mill St or thereabouts) laid 1773, in
lieu of an older one further east; numerous straightenings, extensions, and
improvements made, as follows: 1839, from Newell Nelson's to the then widow Green's
(Not Harriet Greene evidently; no final e - could the widow Green, or perhaps the late
Mr. Green be the source of the name? But if that's the case, when did the e appear?)
saw-mill, now Spindleville machine-shop; 1850 and 1851, the northerly new section
added (from Main to Courtland and Elm; various other considerable improvements
made at sundry times (mostly between the southerly end of the new section and the
Newell Nelson place), all presenting a new respectable street about 490 rods long, with
an average width which I shall call 3 rods." AB - HM Click here for more about the
name, Green/Greene Street.
Griffin-Dennett Apartments - The apartment buildings on Hopedale Street, near Route
16. Richard Griffin was the only Hopedale resident killed while serving in the Korean
War. The apartments (not to be confused, as they often are, with Atria-Draper Place,
the assisted living facility housed in the former Draper Main Office) are operated by the
Hopedale Housing Authority. Mortimer Dennett was town clerk for many years in the
Hammond Road - Built in 1946, Hammond Road was the last of the Draper housing
neighborhoods. It was named in honor of Lowell Hammond, the first of fifteen Hopedale
men killed in World War II. Hammond had enlisted in the Army Air Corps before the war
and was killed on May 7, 1942 at Port Moresby, New Guinea. His brothers, Freeman
and Robert (Zeke) also served in the war.
Heron Lane - Named for Larry Heron who was severely wounded and left blind during
combat in World War II.
the Community House with the part of Hope Street between Bancroft Park and
Cemetery Street. it was built so traffic could pass not only over the Mill River, but also
over the G&U Railroad tracks and sidings and various Draper facilities.
Howard Street - Up through the 1950s, a Howard family lived in this area and had a
large greenhouse from which they operated their carnation business. The name
Howard appears on Mill Street on an 1851 map. There once was a Howard Farm where
the Hopedale Country Club is now.
Inman Street - When we first moved to Inman Street in 1970, we had a neighbor whose
name was Lynwood Wrenn. His parents had lived on the street since the houses were
first built, or shortly after. He told us that the street had been named for the Inman
Farm that had been here before Drapers bought the land and built the houses. Fenner
Inman was listed in the census of 1850 and also 1860. His occupation was given as
laborer in 1850 and lumber dealer in 1860. DM
Jones Road/Lower Jones Road - These streets were probably named for the Jones
Farm that was purchased by the Hopedale Community in 1841. According to a story
I've heard many times over the years, the plan was to eventually connect the two Jones
Roads, but either because of problems with ledge or because Drapers stopped
building houses, it never happened. For many years, what is now called Lower Jones
Road was called Jones Road, as was the street that is still known as Jones Road. Since
the intention was to complete it, houses on the lower section were numbered from one
to eight (and now to 12) and numbering in the upper section began at ninety-nine.
Eventually it was decided that the two wouldn't be joined and "Lower" was added to the
name of the section of the street that connects to Dutcher. In recent years (the 1970s, I
think) the formerly dead-ended Jones Road has been extended to Route 140. DM
Lapworth Circle - I presume it was named for William Lapworth, founder of Hopedale
Elastic Fabric Company.
The Larches - The mansion on the Hopedale-Milford town line on Williams Street. The
first home thiere was built by George Otis Draper. Shortly after he sold it to his aunt,
Hannah Draper Osgood, it burned. The home there now is what she had built after the
fire. It later served as an inn for people from out of town doing business at Drapers.
There was a restaurant there as well as an outdoor pool. There are still many larch
trees on the property. "George Otis Draper departed from the practice of building a
large house on Adin Street and instead chose a site at 11 Williams Street, adjacent to
the Milford town line and on a direct line with the plant via Freedom Street. His first
home on the property, known as The Larches, had a castellated tower and burned in
1909. The present Colonial Revival and Craftsman-style house is one of the finest
examples in Hopedale Village of the blending of these two popular styles. A son of
William F. Draper, president of Draper Corporation from 1887 to 1907, George Otis
Draper was secretary of the company and represented his father's interest in company
matters." Kathy Kelly Broomer, National Register Nomination.
Larkin Lane - Named for Judge Francis Larkin.
The Lookout - The location of one of three fieldstone walk-in fireplace/shelters in the
Parklands. It was built in 1908 for $311.45. The area was originally called Darling Hill.
The Lookout is located uphill from the railroad tracks, a short distance from Mendon
town line. Access is from a dirt road beginning at the end of Overdale Parkway and
also from a path up the hill from the Parklands road on the west side of the pond. This
area was used regularly for camping by the Boy Scout troop in the mid-1960s and five
well-constructed Adirondack shelters were built there. Unfortunately, before long they
were all vandalized and burned to the ground.
Lower Jones Road - See Jones Road/Lower Jones Road.
Magomiscock Hill - The hill that has one end more or less along Highland Street in
Milford and continues down toward Route 140 and then along the Hopedale-Milford
town line toward Adin Street.
Edward Malloy Recreation Center - In March 2005, the hall at the Griffin-Dennet
Apartments was named the Edward Malloy Recreation Center in honor of Ed's 43 years
of service on the Hopedale Housing Authority.
Malquin Drive - When the electric company bought land to put in the line that crosses
Hopedale Street next to the present location of Malquin Drive, the owner of one parcel
insisted on selling his entire lot, which was more than the company needed. My father,
Ed Malloy, an employee of the company, and fellow employee Jim Quinn, purchased
the land the company didn't need, put in a road and sold about fifteen house lots. The
plan was to name it Malloy Street, and do another in Uxbridge where Qunin lived, to be
called Quinn Street. However, highway supervisor, Freddie Evers thought combining
the names into Malquin Drive sounded better and since he was the one who ordered
and erected the signs, that's what it was named. The first houses were built in 1957-
Maroney's Grove - The enclosed fieldstone fireplace and surrounding area in The
Parklands behind The Drftway, also known as the Third Fireplace. It seems that the
name is more commonly spelled Moroney, but old maps show it spelled with an "a."
McVitty Road - Named for developer Lewis McVitty. For more, see Dana Park.
Mellen Street - from Plain, passing Newton and Warfield, crossing South Main, passing
Howard, crossing Charles River, to Bellingham line; a part of the ancient way to "the
Great Meadow; named in honor of Henry Mellen, who dwelt on it much of his lifetime.
AB - HM
Mill Street - From Plain, a little north of So. Milford cemetery, passing Greene, through
Spindleville, over Mill River, to Mendon line; mostly an ancient road, partly laid in 1734,
and partly in 1744; straightened, widened, and improved, 1792 and 1832. AB - HM
Nelson's Grove - A grove where antislavery meetings were held in the 1840s and
1850s. It was described as being along the Mill River a half mile south of the village. It
was probably on or very near to the present site of Nelson Street. Some references to
it just refer to it as a grove or a pine grove. The name, "Nelson's Grove" was used by
Nellie Gifford in Hopedale Reminiscences (p. 52), who wrote, "The Community was
strongly Anti-Slavery in sentiment, and the celebrations of Emancipation in the West
Indies, held in 'Nelson's Grove,' were enthusiastic events, enjoyed too by the children."
This was written in 1910, and I don't know if the area was known as Nelson's Grove at
the time of the abolitionist meetings or if that name came later. DM
Nelson Street - April 26  - Workmen from Rosenfeld's Washed Sand & Stone Co.
have completed bulldozing a new roadway off Hopedale Street in Hopedale. The new
street is about 300 yards long and begins at a point near the G & U railroad bridge,
goes along the old Moore property and comes out at a point further down Hopedale
Street. James P. Hynes of Rutland, formerly a Milford resident, was responsible for the
private roadway. There are three street names designated on the plans. The short
stretch near the bridge is to be called Cook Street; the long stretch in the rear running
parallel to Hopedale Street will be Nelson Street, and the short way coming out further
down Hopedale Street is named Thwing Street. Land on the newly created roadway is
owned by Mr. Haynes, who has been selling lots there through an agent, William J.
Donovan, 184 Hopedale Street. The lots, about 19 in number, are nearly all sold, and it
appears that at least five houses will be erected there shortly. Milford Daily News
In April 1722 Gershom Nelson purchased of Josiah Wood his large farm of some 200
acres, lying mainly just south of the Eld. John Jones est, in now Hopedale, though
extending farther both east and west. Thither he immediately removed his family, and
commenced the management of his new purchase. Josiah Wood bought the bulk of
this real estate of Capt. Seth Chapin, the original settler, in 1715, but had made some
additions to it, and in partnership with certain neighbors erected a sawmill on its
southerly skirt. The scant remains of the old dam are still discernible on the river, about
half-way down from the Mendon-road stone bridge towards the new mill now in
possession of Saml. Walker. But Mr. Nelson did not live long to enjoy his farm. He d.
Sept. 14, 1727. AB - HM.
Newton Street - A short piece of road in South Milford, just south of the dwelling-house,
once a schoolhouse, from Plain to Mellen St.; laid first, I am inclined to think, in
connection with a piece adjacent to the cemetery in 1791, but afterwards ignored; laid
anew, 1857. AB - HM
Northrop Street - At one time I assumed that Northorp Street had been named for
James Northrop, the principal inventor of the Northrop loom. However, now I think it's
much more likely that it was named for his brother, Jonas.
Article 4 - To see if the town will vote to accept and allow the laying out of a town way to
be called Northrop Street, extending from the present Northrop Street, so called,
easterly to William Street, as reported by the board of road commissioners, or take any
other action in relation to the layout of said way. Town Report, 1907
Originally, Northop Street just went up the hill about as far as the Northrop house at the
corner of Park Street. This article refers to the extension of it to where it meets
Freedom Street. At that time, What is now called Williams Street was then known as
Overdale Parkway - "Darling Hill Roadway cut in off Freedom Street. 1800' of roadway
completed - today known as Overdale Parkway. 1917" Park Department History
The Parklands - "The Parklands covers the area surrounding Hopedale Pond,
extending roughly from the Grafton & Upton Railroad right-of-way to the rear property
line of houses on Dutcher Street. Landscape architect [Warren Henry] Manning
designed the park, which encompasses approximately 273 acres, about thirty-six of
which constitute the pond and islands. The park includes a bathing beach (1899) and
bathhouse (1904) near Hopedale Street. The Craftsman-style bathhouse is one story
on a T-shaped plan, about five bays by two bays, with wood shingle siding and an
asphalt shingle cross-gable roof. The building has overhanging eaves, exposed
rafters, decorative bargeboards, and irregular fenestration with six-pane sash. On the
pond side of the building are three doors, only one of which is currently operable. An
intact trail system (designed 1907) leads to scenic views and rock outcroppings and
has outlets to Hopedale, Dutcher, Freedom and Hazel Streets. Tree stands of maple,
ash, birch, hickory, and pine are native to the park. The following species were
introduced: hemlock, tulip, mountain ash, Carolina poplar, black alder, striped maple,
willows, Japanese barberry, red-osier dogwood, bittersweet, and cedars. Within the
mowed area immediately north of the bathing beach are two additions to the
landscape: a one-story, hip-roofed garage facing Dutcher Street to the east, and, in a
clearing overlooking the pond, a 1996 monument for the Hopedale Parklands nature
Trail, dedicated to Willard W. Taft. The monument is a granite boulder with an
attached brass plaque." Kathy Kelly Broomer, National Register Nomination.
Patrick's Corner - Delano Patrick was a member of the Hopedale Community. His son,
Henry operated two grocery and dry goods stores. One was where the parking lot in
front of the medical building beside the library is now and the other was at the
intersection of Hopedale Street and Route 16 where Stone Furniture is. That
intersection was known for many years as Patrick's Corner.
Patrick Road - My guess is that it was named for Henry Patrick.
Pest House - The house at 366 West Street (Route 140) which was used in 1901 to
quarantine Heman Hersey, an employee of Henry Partick's Store, when he contracted
smallpox. Hersey survived and lived for many years after his bout with the pox. The
town bought the house, I've been told, because it was off by itself and it seemed a
good idea to get Hersey as far away from other people as possible. The town kept
ownership of the house for a couple of decades or so before eventually selling it. As far
as I know, it was never used as a quarantine house for anyone other than Hersey. My
information on Hersey and the house came from Hester Chilson and from the 1901
town report. DM
Pete's Meadow - The area that became the Draper dump, which was also for all
practical purposes the town dump, near, and quite possibly including, Draper Field.
This was mentioned to me by Arnold Nealley as a name he remembered from when he
was young. He had no idea who Pete was.
Plain Street - From South Main, near the old Bowker place, passing Mill, South Milford
cemetery, Newton, and Mellen, to Mendon line at the old "Country Road," once so
called; originally an ancient voluntary path of the first settlers; portions of it laid out at
different times, -- 1721,1723, 1791, and finally 1848, when it was widened and much
improved. AB - HM
Ponds (very little ones)- There were several little ponds in Hopedale that were used for
skating years ago because they froze long before Hopedale Pond did. One, called
Frog Pond (there must be thousands by that name), was located in the woods behind
Prospect Street. It couldn't have been more than twenty by forty feet but many a
hockey game was played on it by kids from the Prospect Street and Freedom, Oak,
Jones Road neighborhoods. There was another up behind the dump off of Freedom
Street that was used by kids from the Overdale Parkway area. Water from it would get
onto the street and freeze in the winter so it was drained many years ago. Frog Pond
filled in naturally over the years and no longer exists. I believe there was a small pond
off of Mill Street and another near the cemetery. If you know anything of these, please
let me know. Brooks and swampy areas were also favorite places for kids to play.
There was a brook that came down from the Oak Street area to Park Street and then
went underground to the pond. There was a swampy area near Northrop Street just
about where Tammy Road comes out. Neither are there now, having been eliminated
by the building of Tammie Road, Gale Road and the extension of Jones Road. DM
Rawson's Bridge - A bridge that once crossed the upper end of Hopedale Pond, where
the Rustic Bridge is now located. See Cutler Street. For both, see Bridges of Hopedale
Richard Road - I received the following from Todd M. Gleason: Richard Road in
Hopedale was named after my late father, Richard N. Gleason, who purchased the first
home on the street, 1 Richard Road, which was developed in 1985.
The Rustic Bridge - "The Rustic" is the fieldstone bridge over Hopedale Pond just
about a mile up from Freedom Street. An earlier bridge there was made of wood. See
also, Bridges of Hopedale Pond.
Saltbox Road - An old road that ran to the north of and more or less parallel to
Freedom Street in Hopedale and Hopedale Street in Mendon. In Mendon it ended at
North Avenue and in Hopedale it came to somewhere near the railroad tracks at the
bottom of the hill. Most of it has long since been abandoned for vehicle use, but the
area is part of the Parklands and the road is a good place for a walk in the woods. A
short piece of it, west of the north end of Overdale Parkway can be found in the annual
town street listings as Old Saltbox Road. There is one house with that address.
Here's what Frank Dutcher, writing for Hopedale Reminiscences, had to say about
what became Saltbox Road. "Freedom Street at that time went to Mendon up the steep
hill past the “Saltbox” place, now occupied by the Dillon family "
For many years, the section of Freedom Street from near the bottom of the hill behind
the old town dump, to the top of the hill near the intersection with Overdale Parkway
was also referred to as Saltbox Road.
The Seven Sisters - The seven very similar duplexes on Freedom Street between the
shop and the railroad tracks. From what I've heard, they were moved to Freedom
Street during one of the periods of expansion of the Draper shop. They were originally
on a part of Union Street that no longer exists - it was west of Hopedale Street. There
was an expansion of the foundry in 1902, due to the success of the Northrop loom, and
that's likely when the houses were mov(Memories of John Cembruch, who was born in
one of the Seven Sisters houses.)
The Shop - Draper Corporation. In recent years you often hear it referred to as the
mill. Back when business was booming there I don't recall ever hearing that term
used. It was always "the shop," or "Drapers." More DM
Soward Street - Soward Street was named for Edmund Soward who joined the
Hopedale Community in 1843. He was a mechanic and was also the Community expert
on agriculture. Originally from England, he died in 1854
Spindleville - The area of Hopedale around Spindleville Pond and MC Machine
Company, now also including the golf course and Laurelwood. For more on
Spindleville, go to the Memories of Hopedale Menu and then to the stories of Frances
Rae, Reggie Sweet and Roberta Simmons.
The Statue of Hope - The statue next to the Bancroft Memorial Library.
Steel Road - John Steel was one of two Hopedale men who were killed in the Vietnam
War. The other was Douglas D'Orsay.
Taylor's Marsh - The millpond/marsh by the town line near Route 140. The town line
passes through the middle of it. Half of it is in Milford and half in Hopedale. A Taylor
family lived in the nearby house for many years. At least two of the Taylors worked for
Hopedale Coal & Ice, and there's some evidence that ice was cut on that pond.
Possibly HC&I owned the pond and the house.
Thayer Street - The Thayers were a prominent family in the southern part of Hopedale
for many years.
Thwing Street - The Thwings, originally from Uxbridge, were a very prominent family in
the early Hopedale Community. Anna was the wife of Ebenezer Draper, Hannah was
the wife of George Draper and Sylvia was the wife of Joseph Bancroft. Their brother,
Almon, also lived in Hopedale. A grist mill, known as the Thwing Mill, was located about
two hundred yards downstream from the bridge over the Mill river on Thwing Street.
(This is now the road into the recycling center.)
Tillotson Road - Named for Walter Tillotson, who was killed in World War I. The
American Legion post, whose home used to be at the corner of Hopedale and Depot
streets (where the police station is now), was also named for Tillotson.
Trolley - The Milford & Uxbridge Street Railway came into Hopedale on what is now
Route 16, turned onto Hopedale Street, and for some years ended at the intersection
of Hopedale and Freedom streets. In 1900 it was extended across Hopedale Pond,
along Soward Street and through the woods to Mendon. There it went along North
Avenue to the center of Mendon, and then to Route 16 and into the center of Uxbridge.
The link on the word Trolley at the beginning of this section will bring you to a menu for
articles on the G&U Railroad and the trolleys of the area. Click here to go to a page on
the remains of the trolley path from Milford to Uxbridge.
Warfield Street - From Mellen, southerly, to South Main; an ancient proprietors' way,
probably dating back, as a laid-out road, to 1718, though there is some uncertainty
about the date; named with respectful reference to the Warfield families who for several
generations have dwelt in its vicinity. AB - HM
Water Street ran near to the Mill River. It can be seen in the Hopedale maps for
1854 1870 1885 . Eventually it was built over as the Draper business expanded
and more shops were built. It was discontinued in 1915. While it wasn't discontinued
until 1915, it disappeared from the maps well before that.
northerly from land of Henry L. Patrick across the westerly end of Depot Street to land
of the Grafton & Upton Railroad Company be and is hereby discontinued. Town
Report, 1915, p. 22.
West['s] Cove - The cove on Hopedale Pond that comes within a few feet of Freedom
Street. Is it West or West's? I don't know. It's on the west side of the pond, but it's also
right by where the Tom West family lived for many years. Their residence is now 
the home of Bill and Nancy Gannett. The Hopedale Coal & Ice Company icehouse once
stood on the site of the West/Gannett house.
West Foundry - The big green building near Fitzgerald Drive. It was named for
Thomas West, president of Drapers for many years during the mid-twentieth century.
Westcott Mill - Also known as the Spindleville Mill, it was located on Spindleville Pond
and produced, yes! you guessed it, spindles. There had once been a gristmill on the
site (and another, the Thwing Mill about a quarter mile upstream) but the Westcotts
produced spindles there. The Westcott family owned it for three generations. The
building now houses the MC Machine Co. For more on the mill, go to the memories of
Westcott Road - Named for the Westcott family that operated the Westcott Mill. (See
Westcott Mill above.)
White City - The neighborhood off of Route 16 near the Mendon line consisting of Hill
Street and Cross Street. Until Drapers sold the houses, they were all painted white.
John Chute's White City memories. Hermina Marcus's White City memories.
Williams Street - Town directories up until about 1930 list this street as William Street.
At some point after that, it became Williams Street. This caused me to think that it had
been named for General William F. Draper. There was already a Draper Street in town
and the general's son, George Otis Draper lived on William (or Williams) Street.
However, while looking though the minutes of the Highway Commissioners, I found the
following for March 17, 1893:
Petition received signed by G.O. Draper and others to lay out and grade Williams St
and Freedom St from Williams St to Hopedale St.
Voted to lay out and grade as petitioned and the following abutters were notified to
meet Thursday March 30th.
H.M.Co. [Hopedale Machine Company]
H.E.G.Co [Hopedale Elastic Goods Company]
G.D. & Sons [George Draper & Sons Company]
Geo O. Draper
So it appears that the road was originally named Williams Street, later listed as William
Street for some years, and is back to Williams again. Seeing the name Geo. Williams
on this list of abutters, I suppose that it's possible that the street was named for him
and/or his family. (However, I asked Hester Chilson about this once and she didn't
think so. Hester's foster mother was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Williams.) An
early map shows what is now Williams Street listed as Northrop Street. DM
Do you have information on the origin of other street and/or place names in
Hopedale? Send them in (e-mail link on homepage) and I'll add them. Here is a partial
list of streets I'd like to add. I have some info on several of them but I'm holding off until
I have a bit more.
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