Visiting Hopkinton through the Five Themes of Geography

With the advent of the Internet, students are able to visit any place in the world without leaving their classrooms. This page has been developed in order to help my third grade students to better understand their own community as well as enable others to "visit" Hopkinton.

Hopkinton is one of the 39 communities located in the state of Rhode Island. Rhode Island is the smallest state but it has the biggest name - State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. As with all communities, Hopkinton has its own unique profile and history.

In 1669, the town of Westerly, including what is now known as Hopkinton, became the fifth town of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. In 1757, Hopkinton separated from the town of Westerly and was named after Stephen Hopkins. Stephen Hopkins was governor of Rhode Island four times. He was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Prudence Crandall was born in Hopkinton in 1803. Prudence Crandall is best known for the school for black girls that she operated in nearby Connecticut. There was a great deal of hostility towards her for educating these young ladies in a time when blacks were thought to be unworthy of an education.

In the mid 1800's, numerous mills were built in our area to house various manufacturing companies. Unfortunately for Hopkinton, fires destroyed many of these mills. Some of the buildings are still standing today. A few of them are still being used by industry. Other types of businesses occupy some of the remaining buildings.

Please visit one of the themes to learn how it relates to Hopkinton. Think about how Hopkinton compares to your own community. In some ways we may be very similar. In some ways we may be very different.


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