About the Hopkinton Historical Association

HHA encourages our community to see the “History In The Wild” for yourself — firsthand — and learn more about our town’s rich New England legacy. We have a treasure trove of remembrance handed on to us by the thousands of people who came before us. It’s in the Town Archives, the town’s buildings and sleeping undisturbed in the forests.

Westerly/Hopkinton Old Meeting House Bridge Picture from Rick Prescott
Westerly/Hopkinton Old Meeting House Bridge
Picture from Rick Prescott

At times in the modern world, we understandably MUST deal with the “Crisis de Jour”, the emergency [ies] of the day. But there are other times, reflective times, when we can figuratively slow down, “smell the roses”, and wonder who on earth planted all these roses all over the place? And when did they do that?

Or wonder who built all these stone walls? And why? (Some kept farm animals out, some kept farm animals in, some were road sides and some were property boundaries.) And where do the walls go? Do they ever have an end?

How did people get to work without cars? And what work? What if it was raining or snowing or night time? Were there factories in Hopkinton? What did they make here?

Winter scene with Model A or T Ford on unplowed road.                                            Picture from Bob Miner
Winter scene with Model A or T Ford on unplowed road. Picture from Bob Miner

How could they cross the river without a bridge in winter? Did the road department plow the streets after a blizzard?

Who thinks up all these questions? Do they have answers?

YES! If these questions interest you, HHA hopes you join us!