Exploring the Blackstone River Valley



Includes the villages of Hopedale Village and White City

Settled in 1660, Incorporated in 1886

  • In 1842 Adin Ballou established the Fraternal Community Number One, a social experiment with people whose beliefs included temperance, abolition and women’s rights.
  • Draper Brothers took over Ballou’s property and developed 400 patents for textile machinery.
  • The Draper family created a community for their employees, including low-rent housing and donations of the High School and a playground.
  • Hometown of Joe Perry from Aerosmith
  • Bancroft Memorial Library was donated to the town by Joseph Bancroft in memory of his wife Sylvia
  • Benjamin Albee set up a grist mill to grind corn in 1669 in this first recorded settlement

Resource Links

Hopedale Town Hall

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce

Hopedale Public Library

List of Historical Cemeteries in Massachusetts

Hopedale Community Historical Society

Hopedale Walking Tour

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