Dick Volpe - Memories of the Navy, working at Drapers,


    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


    If you have additional information, corrections or opinions
    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
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    about Hopedale in 1916.