Hopkinton Historical Society
Please Join Us
as we welcome author Elena Palladino 
for a presention on her book
Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley
Drowned by the Quabbin
Tuesday, June 6, 7:00 pm
168 Hayden Rowe
Free & Open to the Public
Copies of the book will be available for purchase
Ms. Palladino will sign books at the end of the program. 
Come! Bring Friends! 
refreshments will be served

An Introduction to the Society

Historic Hopkinton Photos Available Online!

We are pleased to announce that we have recently contributed copies of over 100 photos to the Boston Public Library's Digital Commonwealth. You can see them here: http://www.digitalcommonwealth.org search "Hopkinton Historical Society"  (use quotes) We are greatful to Linda Connelly who curated the photos & provided detailed descriptions for each, the Community Preservation Committee and the townspeople of Hopkinton for their support of this project. Enjoy!   
 Paul Danahy (manager) and William Smith (Pinchy) (clerk) corner of Main & Walcott

About Our Society

The Hopkinton Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was established in 1951 to celebrate the history of the Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, protect the Town's historical artifacts, explain early New England life, and educate the public about the rich history of this small and ever-changing town.  We sponsor several educational, social, and fundraising events throughout the year, and the Society maintains an active archive of documents that are critical to preserving the Town's history for future generations. 

The Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, approximately 30 miles west of downtown Boston, and the Town has a current population of approximately 18,000 residents.  The English settlement of Hopkinton, (called Quansigamog by the local Indians) owes its beginnings to a bequest of money made to Harvard College by an English gentleman, Edward Hopkins.  College trustees invested the money by purchasing the territory and naming it for its donor - "Hopkinstown", or "Hopkinton", and leased the land to tenants for one penny an acre.  Years later, with the help of the Legislature, a sum of $10,000 was paid to the Corporation of Harvard College, and the Town was incorporated December 13, 1715. 

Whether you are a current resident of Hopkinton, a descendant from past generations, or simply an interested history buff, we invite you to become a member of the Hopkinton Historical Society, tour our historical archives and museum, make genealogical inquiries, and share stories and information about Hopkinton past.  For information about joining the Society, click on the "membership" web page.