A little to the left of the coal shed in the middle of this 1898 map, you can see the
    symbols for eight houses. There was no town sewage at that end of Union Street,
    which explains the little squares behind each of the houses. As the Draper
    Company needed more room for expansion, more facilities were built over the
    parts of Social Street and  Union Street that were  west of Hopedale Street, and
    seven of the houses were relocated to Freedom Street, where they became
    known as the Seven Sisters. The eighth house was moved just a few feet, to the
    bend of Cemetery Street. For more on this, see the paragraphs from the National
    Register Nomination near the bottom of this page.

    This picture, showing the sisters when they were still on
    Union Street, and four of the outhouses, is from one of the
    Bancroft Library's glass negatives, taken by Edwin Darling.

    This is the house on Cemetery Street that was only moved a few
    feet. Judging by the map, the hundred yards or so  of Union Street
    extending over toward Bancroft Park was renamed Cemetery
    Street after Union Street west of Hopedale Street was discontinued.

Three of the Seven Sisters in 2010.

Now and Then - The Seven Sisters

Memories of living in the Seven Sisters by

John Cembruch                       Beverly Orff

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    The Seven Sisters in October 2013. The second one from the
    right was converted to a single family home some years ago.

    You can see the Seven Sisters all lined up on the left side of
    this 1947 aerial view. Click here to see more of the aerials.

    The two paragraphs above are from the Hopedale Village Historic District
    National Register Nomination. It was done in 2001 by preservation consultant
    Kathleen Kelly Broomer for the Hopedale Historical Commission.