Moving the Little Red Shop - 1950

    The photocopied pictures are from Perry MacNevin's collection of Hopedale history
    items. They show the shop being moved from the Progress Street side of Hopedale
    Pond to the Hopedale Street side. The Worcester Telegram clippings are from the
    Bancroft Library

    Draper publications that mention the Red Shop always say that it was built in 1841,
    and the picture caption above pushes it back to 1840. I don't think Adin Ballou would
    agree with either date. The Hopedale Community was established in 1841, and the
    Jones Farm was bought for its site soon after, but only one family had moved into the
    Old House shortly before the end of the year. Click on the Red Shop History link below
    for more.

    During the first half of the twentieth century, the Red Shop stood on the west side of
    Hopedale Pond and was used for storage, mainly for supplies for the Draper houses,
    such as paint. It was moved to its current location in 1950 and opened as a museum
    in 1951.

                
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