Hopewell Borough is the definition of a rustic, small town. Incredibly charming and quaint, the town is known throughout the area for its unique restaurants, shops, and vintage architecture. With less than a square mile of land area and just under 2,000 people, you’ll find an abundance of small-town charm in this Mercer County borough.
One of the most interesting tidbits of Hopewell Borough history is the Hopewell frog war. Back when the first railways to reach Hopewell were being developed, there was a very intense dispute involving where the railroad crossing would be placed, known as a frog. Dueling rail companies would park their locomotives over the crossing spot to prevent other companies from running their trains through. Eventually the militia had to be called in to keep the peace. The abandoned crossing points were eventually turned into avenues and streets. A nod to the fought after frog is evident in signs and structures across town, as well as Hopewell Elementary’s school mascot, Freddy the Frog.
The quaint downtown area of Hopewell Borough is full of unique shops, restaurants, cafes, and boutiques – all set among historic, rustic buildings, and homes. It really is like a movie set and has a little bit of something for everyone.
If you’re looking to relocate to Hopewell Borough with school-age children, you’ll be happy to know that the Hopewell Valley Regional School District is highly rated. Students from pre-K through 12th grade attend six different schools throughout the district, which is comprised of just under 3,500 students and 351 teachers. Students in 8th grade from all of Mercer County can apply to attend the programs at the Mercer County Technical School. This vocational school district offers career and technical education in Health Sciences, STEM, and Culinary Arts.
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