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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hopedale in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Adin Ballou Memorial

Adin Ballou Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 8, 2007
1. Adin Ballou Memorial
Inscription. Adin Ballou — Preacher, Author, Reformer, Philanthropist, Apostle of Christian Socialism, and Founder of the Hopedale Community. 1803–1890. “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” “Not disobedient to the heavenly vision.”

(inscription on right side) A man of rational Christian faith, sterling qualities of mind, and rare excellence of character, whose life was devoted to works of Righteousness, Brotherhood, and Peace, to the well-being of his kind and the upbuilding of the kingdom of God on earth.

(inscription on back) This monument is erected and these grounds are set apart as a Memorial of Adin Ballou—a tribute of affection, gratitude, and honor, from many friends. On this spot he spent the greater portion of his life; where he wrought his chief work and entered into rest. • Dedicated and presented to the Town of Hopedale, October 27, 1900.

(inscription on left side) Extract from Preface to the History of Hopedale Community: “If Providence has entrusted me with any distinctive mission in the world, it is to aid in showing my fellow-men the way into that Christlike order of life which illustrates the great ideas of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man.”
Erected 1900
The Adin Ballou Park image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 8, 2007
2. The Adin Ballou Park
Location. 42° 7.868′ N, 71° 32.461′ W. Marker is in Hopedale, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is on Hopedale Street near Peace Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hopedale MA 01747, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Founders' Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Meeting House (approx. 1.8 miles away); In Honor of Mendon's Soldiers (approx. 1.9 miles away); Blackstone Canal (approx. 5 miles away); Welcome to Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park (approx. 5 miles away).
More about this marker. The monument was donated by General William F. Draper—Hopedale resident, industrialist, and member of Congress—after a movement to erect a memorial to Ballou began in the autumn of 1898. The site of the monument was known as the “Ballou Lot.” It was previously Adin Ballou’s homestead and was purchased by the Town in May of 1900 for $800. The base was designed by Boston Architect Daniel Woodbury.
Regarding Adin Ballou Memorial. Adin Ballou was the founder of the Hopedale, then a communal town.
Also see . . .  Friends of Adin Ballou
Adin Ballou Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 8, 2007
3. Adin Ballou Sculpture
Bronze by William Ordway Partridge (1861–1930). Statue is approx 8 feet high on an 8 foot Cape Ann granite base.
. (Submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,719 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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