The Hopedale Local Historic District Study Ad Hoc Committee, approved by the town’s Board of Selectmen on September 19, 2016, has been tasked with investigating the desirability of establishing a Local Historic District within the town. This group will be working over the next several months to research the importance of a historic district, and designate areas within this historically important town for increased conservation.
A National Register Historic District was approved for Hopedale in 2002, placing the town amongst those nationally important places worthy of preservation. A Local Historic District would cement that protection, and guarantee Hopedale a place in the newly designated Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. Approved by Congress in 2014, this park covers a large area in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, but only six sites within the Park have been designated as nationally significant. One of those six sites is Hopedale.