The Chapel and School of the Hopedale Community
it also housed the library. "By 1855 the Hopedale library, located in the combined
school and chapel building, had over six hundred volumes, excluding various public
documents sent to it by Senator Charles Sumner and other sympathetic congressmen.
Open at least once a week, for lending purposes, the library had its established rules,
including fines for overdue books." Hopedale: Commune to Company Town,
Edward K. Spann, p. 87
The building was later used for a store and a residence. In the 1950s this structure,
the two homes behind it and the Chapel Street School were demolished. The only
building left standing on the block was the Dutcher Street School.
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The paragraphs above are from Adin Ballou's History of Milford, p. 197.