Hopedale in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Adin Ballou Memorial
(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.”
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 7 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); "Flame of the Marathon Run" (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Bay Path (was approx. 6.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ).
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 Ballous 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. (Submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
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