Place:Hopedale, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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NameHopedale
TypeTown
Coordinates42.117°N 71.533°W
Located inWorcester, Massachusetts, United States
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Hopedale is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 5,911 at the 2010 census.

For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Hopedale, please see the article Hopedale (CDP), Massachusetts.

History

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Hopedale was first settled in 1660. Benjamin Albee built a mill on what is now the south end of Hopedale in 1664. A area of the Blackstone Valley was incorporated as the town of Mendon. In 1780, Milford separated from Mendon. On August 26, 1841, Adin Ballou, along with the Practical Christians, gave Hopedale its name, within the town of Milford. Ballou and the Practical Christians established the Hopedale Community based on Christian and socialist ideologies in 1842. The town was officially incorporated in 1886 when it separated from Milford. In 1905, women were granted permission to swim at the town beach.

Hopedale was once home to the Draper Corporation, once the largest maker of textile looms in the United States. The company was acquired by Rockwell International in 1967.

Hopedale is included in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and is an historic mill village of national significance.

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