Hopedale History Chronology

    of  the loom is that it includes the first self-acting loom temple. This device, which keeps the  
    cloth stretched as it is woven in the loom, becomes the basis for the Draper business in

    1817 - George Draper born in Weston, Mass.
                Hannah Thwing Draper born in Uxbridge, Mass.

    1821, October 3 - Joseph Bancroft born in Uxbridge, Mass.

    1824, June 26 - Sylvia Willard Thwing Bancroft born in Uxbridge, Mass.

    1830 - The first advertisement for Draper products is printed in the first issue of the Boston Evening
    Transcript. The business is owned by James Draper.

    1837 - Ebenezer Draper buys the Draper business, including the patent rights to the temple, and soon
    after, moves it from Wayland to Uxbridge.

    1839 - 1841 - Meetings and discussions take place, generally in Mendon, leading to the formation of
    Fraternal Community, No. 1, eventually known as the Hopedale Community.

    1840, April 1 - First issue of Ballou's twice-monthly newspaper, the Practical Christian, published in

    1841, August 26 - Hopedale named. "Resolved, (1) That our said location, formerly called 'the Dale,'
    afterwards 'the Jones' farm,' and latterly  'the Hastings Daniels' place,' be hereafter called, known, and
    distinguished by the name of Hope Dale," Adin Ballou, The History of the Hopedale Community, pp.
    54 - 55.

    1841, June - September - The Community announced in September that it had contracted to buy the
    Jones Farm along the Mill River in Milford. The contract had been signed on June 30.

    1841, October - First family moves into the Old House in Hopedale.  The Henry Lillie family become
    the first of the Community members to move to the settlement.  On the 28th of the month Mrs. Lillie
    gives birth to the first baby born in the Community. She was named Lucy Ballou Lillie in honor of Mrs.

    1842, January to April - More families move to the Old House in Hopedale, totaling 28 persons by
    April 1. Work begins on a mechanic shop and a dam.  Many businesses are carried on, including,
    most successfully, the production of the Draper temple.

    1843 - "Near [Freedom Street] sat the two factory buildings, one of which was already outfitted with a
    waterwheel to operate a trip-hammer and lathe. It was this building, completed in 1843, that was
    known as the 'mechanic shop (possibly the building later known as the Little Red Shop) and that first
    housed the Drapers' enterprise as well as other small businesses and also served for a time as a
    school." Model Company Town, John S. Garner, pp. 129 - 130.

    1844 - A building is constructed on what later becomes Hopedale Street, between Chapel and
    Freedom streets, to serve as a chapel and school for the Community.

    1845 - Hopedale Village Cemetery established.

    1846 - Population of Hopedale Community is 70.

    1852 - Community population reaches 200.

    1854 - The Home School, a boarding and day school operated by the Hopedale Community,
    established. The school was first operated by Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Bloom, and later by Adin Ballou's
    daughter and son-in-law.

    1855 - School built on north side of South Hopedale Cemetery.

    1856, March 8 - George and Ebenezer Draper withdraw their investment in the stock of the Hopedale
    Community. Since they own three-quarters of the stock, this essentially brings about the end of the
               Warren Dutcher moves to Hopedale to manufacture loom temples in partnership with the
    Draper brothers under the name, Dutcher Temple Company.

    1860,  April 14 - Last issue of the Hopedale Community newspaper, The Practical Christian printed.
    1860 - What would later become the Unitarian Church is built.

    1861 - The Home School closed.
                William F. Draper enlists in Army.   

    1865 - 1875 - Draper Company erects double family houses along Social, Union and Cemetery

    1868 - Ebenezer Draper retires and sells his share of the E.D. & G. Draper Company. William F.
    Draper joins his father in the firm, and the name is changed to George Draper & Son.  Some years
    later, when Eben and George Albert join, the company name becomes George Draper & Sons. "The
    small mechanic shop [the Little Red Shop] was renamed the Hopedale Machine Company in 1868
    and transferred to the west side of the river [still south of Freedom Street] to make room for additional
    construction." Model Company Town, John S. Garner, p. 132.

    1869 - Henry Patrick's Store established.

    1870s - 1880s - Adin Street completed and large estates built. (General Draper's home on the present
    site of the junior/senior  high school was the first.)

    1873, December 15 - The end of the Hopedale Community essentially occurred in 1856, but it still
    owned a few properties. "The final act of transfer was executed on the 15th of December, 1873, when
    the Trustees of the Community conveyed to the Trustees of the Hopedale Parish, a religious body
    formed a few years before, 'all right, title, interest and control in, unto and over Community Square, the
    Meeting-house standing thereon and the Hopedale Cemetery.'"  History of the Hopedale Community,
    Adin Ballou, p. 307.

    1874 - The Old House, the home of the original members of the Hopedale Community, is razed.
                First gas and water lines installed.                            

    1886 - Hopedale separates from Milford.
               Fire department formed, equipped with 900 feet of hose, 36 fire pails, four ladders and a hose

    1887 - Ebenezer and George Draper die.
               Town Hall, a gift to the town by George Draper, constructed.
               The Draper Company embarks on a program to develop an automatic loom.
               Telephone service, available in Milford since 1880, extended to Hopedale and Upton.

    1907 - Seven houses on a no longer existing part of Union Street (near the cemetery) moved to
    Freedom Street, where they became known as the Seven Sisters.

    1909 - Eben Sumner Draper elected Governor of Massachusetts. He serves for two one-year terms.
               Joseph Bancroft dies.

    Last Hopedale HIigh School Washington trip.

    November - Lake Wales Plastics of Westboro purchases West Foundry from Rockwell. (This
    purchase being the reason the foundry has been under separate ownership since that time.)

    1984 - Construction at Pinecrest development begins.

    1985 - Lake Wales Plastics, operating out of the former West Foundry, closes. It had also operated as
    L&S Plastics and Commodore Plastics.

    1988 - Water leak at Draper plant results in it being closed and the small companies that had been
    located there, including  Incase (makers of display boxes, jewelry boxes, cases for pens, eyeglass
    cases, etc), Consolidated Coating (contract spray painting of parts for various items), Opus (bird
    feeders), and Ironworks Gym, and probably others, leaving.

    2016 - 2018 -  The houses at 114-116 Mendon Street, 124 Mendon Street, and Billy Draper's Store
    were razed in 2016. Three houses on the northwest corner of the Mendon Street-Hopedale Street
    intersection, as well as the Cumberland Farms store, were taken down in 2017, to make room for the
    new Cumberland Farms The South Hopedale School was also taken down in 2017. 138 Hopedale
    Street was razed on January 25, 2018. The stone crusher at Rosenfeld's was taken down in 2018..
    Click here for photos of all of these.

     Timeline summary of Commune to Company Town       A brief history of Hopedale on YouTube      

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