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Originally settled in the early 1700’s and later incorporated in 1891, Hopewell Borough today remains one of New Jersey’s most quaint and historic treasures. Travelers passing through the Borough in 2015 can easily imagine days of yesteryear, when horses and trolleys carried passengers through town or to Trenton and nearby destinations. One glance down Broad Street with its many acclaimed restaurants, unique and antique shops, specialty service establishments and centuries-old residences, and it is understandable why New Jersey Monthly magazine consistently ranks Hopewell Borough as one of the “10 best small towns in NJ” and one of the “25 best places to call home in the Garden State.” In 2012, Hopewell Borough’s main thoroughfare, Broad Street (CR518) was named a “Great Place in NJ” by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ).
Located at the foot of the Sourland Mountains, Hopewell Borough is a quiet, friendly residential community of approximately 2,000 residents that through careful planning initiatives at its borders, is nearly surrounded by a green belt of open space. The future of Hopewell Borough will likely be much like its past – a bustling downtown village rich in history and accented by desirable, well-maintained Colonial and Victorian homes and buildings. Designated in 1993 as the State’s first Village Center, Hopewell Borough is positioned to retain its historic and residential landscape. In 2004, the Borough officially became a member community of Tree City USA, as sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, due to its commitment to the maintenance and preservation of its mature, tree-lined streetscape, one trademark of this desirable Mercer County town.
Most of Hopewell Borough today is a designated historic district, with the rest labeled a historic buffer zone, a measure designed to preserve the rich and historical heritage through land use regulations that respect the historic heritage of the community. Business owners, visitors and residents are attracted to the vibrant downtown and growing cultural environment. Public school students attend the highly desirable Hopewell Valley Regional School system, with elementary education offered at Hopewell Elementary School on Princeton Avenue. The district’s high school in Hopewell Township is consistently ranked in the top half of the best high schools in NJ.
Hopewell Park, at the intersection of S. Greenwood and Columbia Avenues is a popular destination. The park’s centerpiece is its spectacular “Volunteer’s Bandstand,” which is often used for wedding photos, parties, live music and a wide variety of events. The preserved open space tract also includes picnic areas, walking trails, and a community-built playground. A mini-park at the Hopewell Railroad Station also boasts a tot-lot playground, and the restored, historic facility serves as a community meeting facility. The Hopewell Railroad Station is listed on the NJ Register of Historic Places, and is the pride and joy of the Hopewell Borough community.
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