Hopedale – 1888
I’ve reduced the size of this view of Hopedale considerably. If you’d like a larger copy, email me (link on homepage), and I’ll send you a 1.24 mb pdf version. It does come out better that way, so if you’d like to take a closer look for details, it would be worth doing.
A few comments on the “border pictures.”
The (Warren) Dutcher homestead still stands at the corner of Dutcher and Adin streets.
The Unitarian Church in the picture was replaced, on the same site, with the present church in 1898.
The Lapworth home (Adin Street), and the Bancroft home (Hopedale Street) still stand, though both extensively renovated since these pictures were drawn.
The George Draper homestead was at the corner of Hopedale and Draper streets. It was razed to make room for the Community House.
The Samuel Walker home, long gone, stood on Mendon Street, a bit west of the Mill River, along where the entrance road to Hopedale Village Cemetery is now.
A few other points of interest:
Of the three octagon houses that were once in Hopedale, two were still standing when this view was drawn. One can be seen on Dutcher Street, to the right of what was then a boarding house; now an apartment house. The other was on Prospect Street, in the upper middle of the picture.
Two icehouses are shown. The one in the lower left was in what is now the Lake Street area. The other, which belonged to Henry Patrick, was near where the bathhouse is now.
Above “Hope” in the title, near the bottom of the picture, you can see the Lower Pond. Its water once powered the Dutcher Temple Company. It was eventually drained when water power was no longer needed, but room for more shops was.
Among other changes, the fire station, the library, the Draper Main Office, and the Dutcher Street School hadn’t been built. The General Draper home was at the site where the high school was later built,
Hopedale – 1888