Valley Sites - Mendon, Hopedale, Upton
R Christopher Noonan
Mendon today in many ways resembles Mendon of the past. The hilltop farms of Mendon fed the workers in the mill villages of neighboring towns. Today, houses have grown up on many of those pastures, but Mendon is still imbued with a small town spirit.
The story of Hopedale is unique. What started as a religious commune developed into a prime example of a factory town. Even as the Draper Corporation became the world’s largest producer of looms, Hopedale still maintained much of its original community spirit.
Little Red Shop
With its proximity to Rt. 495, Upton is slowly being drawn into the Boston Metropolitan area. What attracts new residents to Upton though are its classic New England small town features – a delightful Main Street and common surrounded by large amounts of open space open for recreation.
Knowlton Hat Factory
134 Main Street
Did You Know?
After opening America's first successful textile mill, Samuel Slater also helped establish America's first mill village. Slatersville, in North Smithfield, RI, began operations in 1807. His brother John Slater, who lived in the white house seen here, ran the village for almost 40 years.