As you head back toward Adin Ballou Park on Hopedale Street, you will come to the Bancroft Memorial Library. Joseph Bancroft was a member of the original Hopedale communityy, and in 1856 he cast the lone vote against the dissolution of the community. He remained a life-long friend of Adin Ballou and became a business partner to the Drapers. With a strong interest in improving community life, he provided the money to build this distinguished building, which he dedicated to his wife. The library houses a small collection of artifacts and memorabilia, including Adin Ballou's cradle and writing desk, as well as some fine portraits of Hopedale's founders.
Last updated: May 19, 2016