The Hopedale Community - 1841 - 1856
Short Biographies of Prominent Hopedale People
The Religous Evolution of Adin Ballou
Farm in Cumberland Ballou's description of his early life on his family's farm.
Century Hopedale, Massachusetts, by Anita Cardillo Danker.
Amusements in the Hopedale Community Not obvious from the title, this article contains
material on abolitionist meetings, temperance meetings, holiday celebrations, peace
activities and seances.
Community Declaration Think you would have liked to have been a member of the
Community? Take a look at the "Declaration."
List of Community Members
Selection of a Site for the Community
A Beginning Made From A History ot the Hopedale Community, Ballou's description of the
early days in the Old House.
The Community in 1842 ...and more from 1842 .. and from 1843
Thanksgiving at the Mechanic's Shop Adin Augustus Ballou
The Original School and Chapel
A Thriving Little Village - Edward Spann, Hopedale in 1846
Christmas in early Hopedale, by Edward Spann, Anna Thwing Spaulding, Charles Merrill,
Abby Hills Price, and Frank Dutcher
Underground Railroad House
Abolitionism in Hopedale Seven short articles on the subject
Abolitionism in Hopedale A 1938 newspaper article by Ernest Dalton.
Rosetta Hall The only escaped slave mentioned by Adin Ballou as living in Hopedale.
Community in South-Central Massachusetts by Deirdre Corcoran Stam
The Uxbridge Connection An article about the Bancrofts, Thwings, and Drapers, written by
Joseph Bancroft There's not really a lot here about the Community, but Joseph and Sylvia
were members and you might find something of interest.
General William F. Draper This story from the general's autobiography, Recollections of a
Varied Career, is about his memories of Hopedale, from his arrival in 1853 at the age of
eleven, until about the time he joined the army in 1861.
Dr. Emily Gay
Abby Hills Price
Address of Abby Price to the Worcester Women's Rights Convention
Article by Abby Price concerning the 1853 state Constitutional Convention
Gilbert Thompson Thompson, who grew up in Hopedale after his mother joined the
Community in 1849, was one of the 33 founding members of the National Geographic
Society and the first American to use fingerprints for identification.
Almon Thwing the Thwing Mill site
The Thwing Family
Jonathan Walker "The Man with the Branded Hand"
The Wilmarths and the Water Cure
Hopedale and the Drapers A summary of Hopedale's history by Lewis Hovey, written in
far, only the papers for 1840-41 are online.
History of Hopedale by Adin Ballou - Published in the 1889 edition of History of Worcester
Hopedale Reminiscences Menu Memories from childhood of people who grew up in the
Patricia Hatch and the Hopedale Community - discoveries, comments and questions about
the Community and its members.
Bancroft Memorial Library.
Hopedale Reminiscences HOME
Ballou Founded Hopedale on Religious Inspiration
Page 2 Community Founded on Humanitarian Principles
Ballou Announces His Plan for a Community
Preamble Gives Clear Idea of Community Scope
Fraternal Communion No. 1 Formed by Thirty-two
Page 3 Officers, Qualifications for Membership Listed
First Major Crisis in Community Came in 1842
"Stricter" Moral Regulation Called for in 1850
Houselots Sold to Members in Hopedale Community
Hopedale Community Has Interesting Social History
Village Improvement Society Was Created
Hopedale Juvenile and Collegiate Home School
Robert Owen Visited Community in 1845
Peace Movements Were Readily Supported
Hopedale Was Fraternal Communion No. 1
Page 6 Community at High Point of Prosperity in 1854
Articles on the Hopedale Community by Ernest R. Dalton
School (then, of course, called General Draper High School) in 1933. He spoke at
graduation, giving an address titled The Qunshepaug Plantation. In 1937 he graduated from
Bowdoin College, and by the fall of the year, he was at Harvard. In June and July of 1938,
the Milford Daily News printed the twenty-eight articles on the Hopedale Community that are
listed below. As he relates in the first of them, The Story of Hopedale, he wrote "...this short
history of the Hopedale Community" was done as part of a discussion group in American
Social History conducted by Prof. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr. The 1939 Hopedale census
gives Dalton's occupation as teacher, but I don't know where. The only other things I've
learned about Dalton is that in 1940 he received a Littauer Fellowship, (see below menu)
and in 1947 he wrote a 762 page book, published by the Harvard Graduate School of
Education, titled A Study of the Metropolitan-industrial Area of Southern Worcester County,
Massachusetts, in Regard to Its Structural Organization for Education and Related
a scrapbook at the Bancroft Library. I was able to get the rest at the Milford Library. (Later
improved by scanning better copies from a collection of Hopedale articles and clippings
saved by Perry MacNevin.) From what I've seen so far, Dalton's source seems to have been
entirely Ballou's writing, so there's probably nothing new or previously undiscovered here.
However, it might be helpful to some to be able to look at the titles and go to a topic of
interest more quickly, rather than going through Ballou's extensive writing.
This is from the Harvard Crimson for May 23, 1940. Dalton
was one on the of the Littauer Fellowship recipients.