Childhood Memories of the Hopedale Community
and the Hopedale Home School, 1841-1863
This little book is devoted to remembering the "good old days" of living in the utopian community of
Hopedale, Massachusetts during the 1840s and 1850s.
The pleasures and hardships of living in a village devoted to re-creating society in a non-violent,
cooperative and equitable way are examined, often humorously, through the eyes of its children.
After the dissolution of the Hopedale Community in 1856, no effort was made to collect the participants' stories
for over 50 years. By that time, most of those who had been adults during the 1840s and 1850s had passed away,
leaving the story to be told by people who had been children during Community days.
Their stories were published as Hopedale Reminiscences in 1910.
The eleven sketches that make up Hopedale Reminiscences form the core of this book.
To this has been added a chapter from the autobiography William F. Draper, the son of Ballou's nemesis George Draper;
the proceedings of a reunion of the Home School from 1867; and a list of the students and faculty of the school.
Pages: xii + 83