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

    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.