on YouTube. Memorial Day comments on Charles
Johnson by Tom Wesley
Ethel, world champion butterfat producer.)
Hopedale High - the late 1930s - proms, graduations, etc.
Lots of names; a few newspaper photos.
Star Island, 1939
Phone book for Draper Corporation numbers in 1952. Lots
of names here that will be familiar to those of you who
were in Hopedale in the mid-twentieth century.
Boy Scout Troop 1 photos, late 1960s
Buildilng and dedication of the Fr. Reilley Center at Sacred
old-time barn raising ever held in Hopedale.
on homes and buildings in the Hopedale Village
National Register District.
Buildings, Businesses, Cemeteries, Churches
Organizations, and Town Departments
Draper Corporation and Draper Family
Grafton & Upton Railroad And trolleys, also.
Group Pictures from decades ago
Hopedale Community - 1841 - 1856
Hopedale History Ezine
Hopedale Reminiscences Stories written in 1910,
by people who, as children, lived in the Hopedale
Utopian commune of the 1840s and 1850s.
Hopedale on YouTube - Video and slide shows.
Links to Hopedale related sites
Little Red Shop - history and pictures
Little Red Shop interior - photos of looms, etc.
Little Red Shop renovation - photos from each week
of the three month project.
Maps and Aerial Views
Memories - individual and family stories
Neighboring Towns, Lakes and Rivers
Now and Then - pictures taken a century or so apart
Park, Parklands, Pond and Sports
Recent Pictures Through 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Short Stories and Pictures
Wildflowers of Hopedale
Act of Incorporation, 1886
Aerial views of Hopedale
Assessors' Report, 1886
Biographies (Short) of Prominent Hopedale Citizens
Boston Celtics at the Draper Gym
Comments on this site
Directory, 1898 Streets, businesses List of
District Nursing Association history
Garages (Car garages for Draper house people.)
History of Hopedale (From the book, Images of
A History of South Hopedale
Hopedale Historical Society, 1957
Hopedale in 1881 1888 1905 1910 1916
1946 1952 1953
Hopedale As I Found It
Hopedale history timeline
Hopedale Village Historic District
Mellen Street bridge
Mill Town or Shop Village?
Mother Mendon and her Children
Questions about Hopedale history
A Shell - Song about the Draper plant
Shuttle lamp directions
Sleepy Little Town - A song about Hopedale
Street and Place Name Origins
Taft Visits Hopedale
Gilbert Thompson - National Geographic Society
founder and fingerprinting pioneer
Walking Tour of Hopedale
The Water Cure House
Women's suffrage activities in Hopedale.
This site is an attempt to relate a little of the history of
Hopedale, Massachusetts. In 1842, a Utopian socialist
commune was established here in a section of Milford
called The Dale. The commune failed in 1856, and its
assets evolved into the Draper Corporation, at one time
the world's largest manufacturer of automatic cotton
looms. In 1886 the village separated from Milford to
become an independent town. Hopedale has an area of
only five square miles, a population of about 6,000 and is
located in the Blackstone Valley in south-central
Massachusetts maps showing Hopedale's location.
While this site originally included only Hopedale history,
since 2005 some current stories and pictures have been
added. Most of them can be seen by going to the Recent
Pictures Menus on the right
on any of the material here, e-mail me and I'll add your
thoughts or corrections to the site.
I send out Hopedale history ezines twice each month. If
you'd like to be added to the list to receive them, let me
know by using the email link above. To read them online,
go to the Hopedale History Ezine link in the column on
the right side of this page.
Search this site
Click on the picture to go
to Hopedale in July.