This picture of the Rustic Bridge in 1929 may be the first one taken after it was built to replace an earlier wooden bridge. Click picture for more.
New words added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2005 and 2006.
Like Ponyhenge in LIncoln, Hopedale had a rocking horse collection. It was at the original recycling center. They were all thrown away before it got as large as Ponyhenge.

Mystery photos of the month. These are from a group of pictures that were never picked up at the Hopedale Pharmacy after being sent out to be developed decades ago. Let me know if you recognize this family.

I’ve heard from five people about last month’s mystery photos. They identified one of the people as Gladys King. The Kings lived at 54 Bancroft Park beginning in 1965, and were at 59 Bancroft Park after 1973. Some of the pictures were taken in front of 58 Bancroft Park.

Click on the graphic to go to a page for answers on what can be recycled.
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The Winter Stroll – December 4



The pictures to the left show what’s left to be seen of the tunnel that ran under Hopedale Street between the Draper shop and the Main office.

This building stood near Hopedale Street between Freedom and Chapel until it was razed in the 1950s. It was both the school and chapel of the Hopedale Community during the 1840s and 1850s. Christmas was celebrated there by Community members during those years. Click here to read some memories of that.



After the flood of 1955 caused a huge amount of destruction in Hopedale, the water continued downstream and became a disaster for Woonsocket, also. The picture shows part of the project that was done after the flood to prevent it from happening again. Click here for more about that, and what it looks like now. See also, the flood at Draper Corporation, and the flood in Spindleville.

Unfortunately, the house wasn't saved. Click on the clipping to see the foundation on Carpenter Road.The Milford News clipping is from January 1958.

The upper two pictures show Hopedale Pond halfway between Freedom Street and the Rustic Bridge. In the one on the lower left, you can see water that has gone over the dam, but not the full width of the dam as it was a few days ago.

This was on the site. The store might be torn down. Seeing the picture made me think of Hopedale's Green Store, which is probably the oldest building in town. Any chance of saving that? Probably not. For a history of the Green Store, click on the picture above.
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Remember when the Little Red Shop looked like this? Click on the picture to go to a menu for pages of pictures of the renovation project.

With the pond very low, there’s quite a drop in the water level at the beaver dam at the upper end of Hopedale Pond.  There must be a lot of pressure on it from the water on the upstream side. Those beavers really know how to build a dam that can stand up to that and not wash away.

Hopedale High Class of 1959 - 62-year reunion. Click picture for more class photos.
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Ad sent by my son, DJ. It reminded him of an Atari he bought with his paper route money. He delivered the Milford News on Dutcher Street and the Driftway in 1981 and 1982.

Hopedale in December 2021

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