The big red shop seen through a window in the Little Red Shop.

This many cars by the pond is usually an indicator of a good day. With the temperature in the high 40s, (and maybe into the 50s) it felt like spring. Not so good for skating but a lot of fishing was done, and probably some cross-country skiers spent an hour or two in the Parklands. February 8.

The Adin and Lucy Ballou house. For its first fifty-seven years it was at the corner of Hopedale and Peace, where Ballou Park is now. For the past 109 years it has been across from the town park at 64 Dutcher Street. Click on the picture for more about the house.

As Elaine Malloy looks on,Nick Alexander (on left) and his assistant, Jim, are the latest in a long line of volunteers who have been getting the Little Red Shop ready to open soon as a Hopedale museum. Their project, the signpost, serves two purposes. It holds the orginal street signs for Freedom and Progress streets, the corner where the Red Shop stood for the first half of the twentieth century. The post also supports two curtain rods which will be used to curtain off a work area.


Hopedale in February 2009

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