HPL Current Events
Soffits, Brackets, and Chimleys:
Hopewell Boro Architectural Walking Tour
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - Tours from 10 am - 2 pm
Sign up for one of four separate one-hour architectural walking tours focusing on Hopewell Borough's architectural history. Experience the different architectural styles and see examples “in the wild.”
The tours are free, and will start from the Hopewell Public Library at 10:00, 10:30, 12:30, and 1:00.
Registration is required - visit the Library, or call 609-466-1625. Walk ins may be available on the day of the tour.
The tours will be led by archaeologist Ian Burrow, architect Max Hayden, chair of the Hopewell Township Historical Preservation Commission, and architect Alison Baxter, chair of the Hopewell Borough Historical Preservation Commission. Architect Michael Mills also helped develop the tour.
Also stop by the library to chat with Commission members and see our display on historical architecture.
Sponsored by the Hopewell Public Library and the Hopewell Borough Historic Preservation Commission.
Hidden Gardens of Hopewell:
Tour Seven Wonderful Gardens in Hopewell Borough
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10 am - 3 pm. Rain or shine.
The Friends of Hopewell Public Library invite you to come out and explore the "Hidden Gardens of Hopewell."
Seven unique and contrasting Hopewell Borough gardens are featured this year, including the elegant grounds of the Ralston House ("the Castle") and the intimate "Buddha’s Garden of Second Chances" on the neighboring Castle Lane property.
Tickets for this self-guided tour are $20 (or $25 day of the Tour). Purchase tickets at the Hopewell Public Library, 13 East Broad Street, Hopewell, N.J., or through PayPal below.
Purchase through PayPal (major credit cards accepted).
Note: Bring your PayPal receipt to the Hopewell Public Library staff to retrieve your official numbered Garden Tour ticket.
HPL "Wednesday Night Out" Lecture Series -- June
Paradise on the Hudson:
The Creation, Loss, and Revival of a Gilded Age Garden
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7 pm - at the Hopewell Theater
5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell NJ
Free and open to the public
Local author, Caroline Seebohm, author of the upcoming book Paradise on the Hudson: The Creation, Loss and Revival of a Gilded Age Garden, will talk about the preservation of the famous Untermyer garden in Yonkers, New York, as well as other gardens that have been preserved in the U.S. and England.
Few people today have ever heard of him, but in the early years of the twentieth century, Samuel Untermyer took on the rich, the entrenched establishment, the robber barons, and the most powerful corporations in America. He also turned his estate into one of the most extensive and ambitious gardens of the Gilded Age. Located on the banks of the Hudson, it boasted extravagant structures based on Greek models, 60 greenhouses, and a staff of 60 gardeners. After Untermyer’s death, the garden went into a steep decline, until a restoration program brought a significant part of the original gardens back to their former glory. In Paradise on the Hudson, seasoned writer and garden historian Caroline Seebohm shares all this and more, telling a fascinating story of a dazzling Gilded Age garden created, lost, and re-found.
Caroline Seebohm is author of many books, including Rescuing Eden, The Man Who Was Vogue: Conde Nast, Private Landscapes, and others. She is also a journalist, biographer and researcher whose works include illustrated books, magazine articles, biographies, and a memoir. She is an authority on traditional English and American decorating and decorators.
Annual Library Book and Bake Sale
Books you don't need at prices you can't resist!
Saturday, June 8 - 10 am - 3 pm - at the Library
The HPL will be having its annual book sale during Hopewell Borough's town-wide yard sale. Stop by the Library to browse the books -- and to check out the tasty treats being sold by the Friends of the Library.