The paragraphs above are from Adin Ballou's
    History of the Hopedale Community, pp. 408-
    409. Below is from pp. 437-438.


    This School established in 1854 by M.L. and S. L. Bloom, under whose superintendence it has been until the present time, will hereafter be
    conducted by the subscribers, who hope, with their attainments and past experience as Teachers, to prove themselves worthy of the confidence
    and patronage of their friends and the public generally. It is located in the pleasant and quiet Village of Hopedale, Milford, Mass., within two hours’
    ride of Boston, Worcester and Providence.

    The Design of this School is to educate in the highest and best sense of the term, and thereby so far fit those who may attend it for any useful and
    truly honorable calling among men, as its purpose and facilities will allow. Its course of study will be mainly elective, reference being had to the
    qualification, tastes and intended pursuit in life of the pupil. Thoroughness rather than extent – quality rather than quantity will be carefully regarded.
    Particular attention will be given to the social, moral and religious influence exerted at all times upon those who may avail themselves of the
    privileges hereby offered them. They will be trained to reverence truth, justice and mercy – to love God, as the Universal Father, and man as the
    common brother – to observe the divine principles and practical duties of Christianity.

    Physical health and comfort, so often neglected in Educational Institutions, will receive proper care. Caution and preventatives for the well, and
    suitable helps and restoratives for the sick, will be faithfully administered.

    The discipline of the School is intended to be strict and impartial, but kind and parental. The pupils are to be received and treated as members of
    the family, and expected to be subject to wholesome family government.

    Parents and Guardians desirous of finding a pleasant and comfortable HOME for their children or wards while prosecuting their studies, where
    they will be well cared for, and kindly treated – where they will be removed from the evils and temptations of common society, and from the
    corrupting power of prevailing wickedness – where they will be nurtured in virtue, humanity and pure religion, will find here an unusually favorable
    opportunity of realizing their wishes.

    No pupils taken under seven years of age.


    For Tuition in common English branches, board and care, including washing, mending, &c., per Quarter of ten weeks.   

    For Tuition in higher English and Select Branches, Languages, Painting, Music, &c., an extra but reasonable charge will be made.

    Text books, Reference Books and Stationery, requisite for the School, furnished without additional cost.

    A Normal Department for those purposing to teach is contemplated.

    A limited number of Day Scholars can be accommodated, subject to special arrangement.

    The next (Summer) Term will commence on the Third Thursday (15th) of May.

    For further information and particulars, see large Circular – to be obtained by addressing either of the Principals, Hopedale, Milford, Mass.

           ABBIE S. HEYWOOD
           April 15, 1856
Hopedale Home School

For Children and Youth of both Sexes

William S. Heywood
Abbie S. Heywood

    Thanks to Wendy Sullivan and Sara Sartori
    of the Bancroft Library for this catalog.