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How Disaster and Progress Changed Hopkinton

HOPKINTON — The town's changing landscape is at the heart of an exhibit titled &#';Hopkinton's Lost Farms: How Disaster and Progress Changed Hopkinton.&#';

Open through Aug. 31, the Hopkinton Historical Society showing &#';highlights of some of the nearly 100 commercial farms operating in the 1930s, and how 20th-century changes in population and farming, the floods and hurricane of the 1930s, and construction of the Hopkinton-Everett Dam closed almost all of them,&#'; event officials said.Visitors are invited to create their own maps of &#';What Makes Hopkinton Special to Me,&#'; and share their memories of local farms.

The inspiration for the exhibit, which is open to the public free of charge, came from a 1937 agricultural map of Hopkinton found in the society's collection.The map identifies 92 farms and the number of cows, hens, oxen, and turkeys kept at each site, as well as the number of acres under cultivation for potatoes, apples, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables.The exhibit includes photos, objects and stories from many of the farms listed on the map.

Much of this material was collected through recent conversations with current and former Hopkinton residents who still remember these &#';lost farms.&#';For more information, call 746-3825.