Bancroft Memorial Library – Statue of Hope photograph by Judith Belden

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

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