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Industrial Hopewell: The Growth of Railroad Place

Presented by Douglas Dixon

2022-01-18 19:00:00 2022-01-18 20:00:00 America/New_York Industrial Hopewell: The Growth of Railroad Place Explore the stories of turn-of-the century Railroad Place as it developed from an open industrial area crisscrossed with railway spurs serving multiple factories and freight businesses. Explore From Home - Virtual AS 1

Tuesday, January 18
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-01-18 19:00:00 2022-01-18 20:00:00 America/New_York Industrial Hopewell: The Growth of Railroad Place Explore the stories of turn-of-the century Railroad Place as it developed from an open industrial area crisscrossed with railway spurs serving multiple factories and freight businesses. Explore From Home - Virtual AS 1

Explore From Home

Virtual AS 1

Explore the stories of turn-of-the century Railroad Place as it developed from an open industrial area crisscrossed with railway spurs serving multiple factories and freight businesses.

This program will now be held virtually. 

* Use this link to join our virtual program: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83192467043

The arrival of two railroads in the 1870s spurred the growth of Hopewell Borough, as more convenient transportation brought greater opportunities for residents and businesses. But local boosters in Hopewell also saw a greater opportunity, and invested in developing Railroad Place along the railroad tracks as an industrial district that could support larger-scale manufacturing to provide more jobs and stronger growth. 

We'll investigate the sometimes convoluted history of the larger industrial buildings that have been passed down to us from that era, including the Chocolate Factory (manufacturing bon-bons for 25 years), the Tomato Factory (canning tomatoes for 55 years), J. B. Hill's (coal and then lumber for over a century), and Rockwell Manufacturing (back to Smith Novelty in the early 1900s). 

Doug Dixon is an independent technology consultant and writer, now morphed into a history enthusiast. He is a board member of the Hopewell Museum and the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

In the past few years, Doug has developed the Hopewell Valley History Project, which is working with many local contributors to collect and freely share digital copies of local historical materials - now with over 450 documents and maps, 2200 images, and an interactive historical map of Hopewell.

At the conclusion of the program please feel free to take a brief online survey here:
https://www.projectoutcome.org/responses/58966

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AGE GROUP: | Adult |

EVENT TYPE: | Local History & Genealogy | Lecture | History |

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