Hope Valley, Rhode Island

Hope Valley is a village and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Hopkinton in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The population of the CDP was 1,649 at the 2000 census. Hope Valley is the largest village in Hopkinton and the town's principal commercial center. While the village of Hope Valley is located in Hopkinton, its zip code, 02832, extends into the neighboring town of Richmond.[4]

The central portion of the village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 as the Hope Valley Historic District.[3] The 183-acre (74 ha) historic district includes 134 contributing buildings and three other contributing structures.[3]

Hope Valley, Rhode Island
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
Hope Valley, Rhode Island is located in Rhode Island
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Location in the state of Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°30′43″N 71°42′55″W / 41.51194°N 71.71528°WCoordinates: 41°30′43″N 71°42′55″W / 41.51194°N 71.71528°W
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
 • Total3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)
 • Land3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
85 ft (26 m)
 • Total1,649
 • Density499.0/sq mi (192.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)401
FIPS code44-34660[1]
GNIS feature ID1217875[2]
Hope Valley Historic District
Hope Valley, Rhode Island is located in Rhode Island
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Hope Valley, Rhode Island is located in the United States
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Hope Valley, Rhode Island is located in the United States
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
LocationMain St., Hopkinton, Rhode Island
NRHP reference #04000654[3]
Added to NRHPJuly 3, 2004


The earliest European-American settlement of the village site was by Hezekiah Carpenter, who arrived in 1770 and dammed the Wood River and built several small water-powered mills. His settlement was called Carpenter's Mills. Around 1818 a tannery was built at the site. The textile industry arrived in 1824, when Gardner Nichols and Russell Thayer bought the existing mills and began to operate them for carding of wool; fulling, coloring and finishing of cloth; and manufacture of textile machinery.[4]

The formerly separate village of Locustville, which grew up along Brushy Brook, is now part of Hope Valley. A dam and mill were built at the site of Locustville in 1820. In the late 19th century the Locustville mill property was taken over by the Nichols and Langworthy Company, which had operated the Hope Valley mills since 1835.[4]

There are conflicting versions of the origin of the village's name. The word "Hope" is the Rhode Island motto and used in various place names in Rhode Island. The phrase is used on the Rhode Island State Seal with an anchor because Roger Williams was inspired by the Biblical passage "hope is the anchor of the soul" in Hebrews, Verse 6:19.[5] In 2008 a town historian told the Providence Journal that Gardner Nichols renamed the village from Carpenter's Mills to Hope Valley “because all of his hopes were centered” in the village.[6] This version also appears in History of the State of Rhode Island.[7]


Hope Valley is located at 41°30′43″N 71°42′55″W / 41.51194°N 71.71528°W (41.511877, -71.715411).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.1 km² (3.5 mi²). 8.5 km² (3.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (5.43%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,649 people, 630 households, and 464 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 192.9/km² (499.0/mi²). There were 663 housing units at an average density of 77.6/km² (200.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.03% White, 0.73% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 630 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,264, and the median income for a family was $47,857. Males had a median income of $33,462 versus $28,125 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,925. About 2.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under the age of 18 and 5.7% of those 65 and older.

Notable people

Prudence Crandall, who established a pioneering school for African-American girls, was born in 1803 in the area that is now Hope Valley. A granite marker erected in her memory stands in the village.[4] Hope Valley is also the hometown of country music singer Billy Gilman.

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ a b c d Hopkinton Preliminary Report, Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, October 1976
  5. ^ Howard M. Chapin notes published in "Illustrations Of The Seals, Arms And Flags Of Rhode Island," (Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence: 1930) pg 4-5.
  6. ^ Christine Dunn, Neighborhood of the Week: Hope Valley retains mill charm, Providence Journal, Sunday, November 16, 2008
  7. ^ History of the State of Rhode Island, Hoag Wade & Co, Philadelphia, 1878
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
1180 AM

The following radio stations broadcast on AM frequency 1180 kHz: 1180 AM is United States clear-channel frequency; Class A status is held by WHAM in Rochester, New York.1180 AM is the frequency used by Radio Martí, reportedly operating with 100,000 watts from a transmitter in Marathon in the Florida Keys. Because it is owned and operated by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, Radio Martí is not licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, and has no call letters. It is subject to jamming from Cuba where its directional antenna is pointed. As a consequence, other stations on 1180 in North America may experience interference at night from the jamming stations of Cuba.

1985 in radio

The year 1985 in radio involved some significant events.

Billy Gilman

William Wendell Gilman III (born May 24, 1988) is an American singer. Starting as a young country artist, he is known for his debut single "One Voice", a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2000. He has released five albums, including three for Epic Nashville. In 2016, Gilman auditioned for season 11 of the US edition of The Voice and competed as part of Team Adam Levine, finishing as runner-up for the season.

Charles River Broadcasting

Charles River Broadcasting was the owner of three classical music stations, one classic rock station, one CNN Headline News relay in Rhode Island, and a syndicated classical satellite delivery program service.

Hope, Providence, Rhode Island

Hope is a neighborhood on the northern border of Providence, Rhode Island. To the west, it is bounded by North Main Street, the North Burial Ground, and Interstate 95, while Rochambeau Ave, Hope Street, and the Providence-Pawtucket city line roughly delineate its boundaries to the south, east, and north respectively. Hope is sometimes referred to as Summit, named for the street that runs through the middle of the neighborhood. Though "Hope" is officially recognized, residents and the local neighborhood organization more often use "Summit".

The area that is now Hope was first settled in the seventeenth century by farmers and tavernkeepers following present-day North Main Street out of the center of Providence, establishing a strong rural community.

Like many of Providence's neighborhoods, Hope did not experience appreciable development until the area was connected to downtown Providence by streetcar, happening in 1875. Large farming lots gave way to subdivision and the establishment of single-family homes. In the 1920s, many of these were bought by a growing community of Russian Jews who would have a strong presence in the area until World War II.

In 1945, Miriam Hospital relocated to Hope from its West End lot. Having expanded four times since then and opening a new medical building in 1989, the hospital now occupies a full two city blocks, with a parking lot filling out the third, now stretching from 5th Street to 8th Street.

Today, a community organization named the Summit Neighborhood Association publishes a quarterly newspaper and encourages participation in neighborhoods activities.

As of 1990 Census, the neighborhood was home to 3464 individuals and was roughly 80% non-Hispanic white, 8.2% black, 4% Hispanic, 2% Asian or pacific islander with the remaining 6% either reporting other or multiple races. Median household income was $47,764, above the citywide average of $26,867. Approximately 5% of families were living below the poverty line, compared with 24% for the city as a whole.

About 40% of housing stock were single-family units, with the remaining being duplex or multi-family units. The median price for a single-family house was $247,500, nearly twice the citywide average of $130,000. Owner-occupancy has been steadily dropping, from 56% in 1980 to 48% in 1990.

Hope Valley

Hope Valley may refer to:

Hope Valley, Alberta, Canada, a locality

The Hope Valley, Derbyshire, England

The Hope Valley, Shropshire, England

Hope Valley, Rhode Island, a village in the town of Hopkinton, in the United States

Hope Valley, Durham, North Carolina, United States, a country club community

Hope Valley, Western Australia, a suburb of Perth

Hope Valley, South Australia, a suburb of Adelaide

John Christian Hopkins

John Christian Hopkins (born 1960) is a Narragansett journalist, author, poet and public speaker who resides in Tuba City, Arizona, United States. After having grown up in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, Hopkins graduated from the University of Rhode Island with degrees in journalism and history in 1987.

Hopkins is a career journalist who has worked at newspapers across New England, in New York, Florida, most recently in Arizona. He was a former nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for Gannett News Service.

As a child Hopkins slept clutching books to his chest and dreamed of becoming an author. “I’ve never wanted to do anything else but write,” Hopkins said.

He and his wife Sararesa live on her Navajo reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

John Forbes Hogan

John Forbes Hogan (b.1894) was an American architect from Providence, Rhode Island.

Hogan was born in Pawtucket in 1894. In 1916 he earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.S. the following year. For 10 months after his latter graduation he traveled in Europe. From 1919 to 1923 he was employed as a designer in the Providence office of architect George F. Hall, the successor to the better-known firm of Martin & Hall. In 1923 he left Hall to open his own office in Providence. He joined the AIA in 1924.Hogan specialized in buildings for the Catholic church, designing many churches and institutions for the diocese.

Leslie P. Langworthy

Leslie P. Langworthy (1848-1919) was an American architect from Providence, Rhode Island.

L. P. Langworthy was born in 1848 in Little Genesee, New York. He began practicing as an architect in Rhode Island during the 1880s. He was alone until about 1910, when he incorporated his sons into his new firm of L. P. Langworthy & Company. He died in Providence in 1919.He is best remembered for the Richardsonian Romanesque design of the Washington County Courthouse in West Kingston.

Pawsox Radio Network

The Pawsox Radio Network is the radio network of the Pawtucket Red Sox, a Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. There are 11 stations (10 A.M. & 1 F.M.) & 2 F.M. translators in the network, including the flagship & part-time stations.


WACM (1270 AM, "Kool Radio") is a radio station licensed to serve Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. The station is owned by John Fuller, through licensee Red Wolf Broadcasting Corporation. It airs an oldies music format, simulcasting WSKP 1180 AM Hope Valley, RI. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the station had a Top 40 format. Later decades, the station had a talk/news approach before its current format.

The station was assigned the WSPR call letters by the Federal Communications Commission in 1936. On April 12, 2016, it changed its call sign to the current WACM.

On May 1, 2016 WACM changed their format from Spanish tropical (as "Bomba 1270") to oldies, branded as "Kool Radio AM" (simulcasting WSKP 1180 AM Hope Valley, Rhode Island).

WACM’s programming is also simulcasted on W261DD, a translator station broadcasting on 100.1 FM.


WCNX may refer to:

WCNX-LP, a low-power radio station (92.1 FM) licensed to serve Covington, Kentucky, United States

WSKP (AM), a radio station (1180 AM) licensed to serve Hope Valley, Rhode Island, United States, which held the call sign WCNX from 2004 to 2011


WCRI may refer to:

WCRI-FM, a radio station (95.9 FM) licensed to Block Island, Rhode Island, United States

WSKP (AM), a radio station (1180 AM) licensed to Hope Valley, Rhode Island, United States, known as WCRI from 2011 to 2013

Walker Cancer Research Institute, a small American cancer research organization

WHIM (Rhode Island)

WHIM (known on-air as "WHIM Country") was a country music radio station in the Providence, Rhode Island market.


WJJF (94.9 FM, "94.9 News Now") is a radio station licensed to Montauk, New York and serving the eastern Long Island and southeastern Connecticut areas. The station is owned by Full Power Radio (controlled by John Fuller), and offers a news/talk format. Brian Ram is Red Wolf's VP/Programming. WJJF signed on February 27, 2012.

The WJJF call letters were previously used by a country music station broadcasting at 1180 AM in Hope Valley, Rhode Island from 1985 through 2004. That station was also founded by John Fuller, but was sold to Charles River Broadcasting in 2002; Fuller reacquired that station, now WSKP, in 2014, but it is otherwise not connected to the current WJJF.


WSKP may refer to:

WSKP (AM), a radio station (1180 AM) licensed to Hope Valley, Rhode Island, United States

WWRX (FM), a radio station (107.7 FM) licensed to Ledyard, Connecticut, United States, which used the call sign WSKP from 2013 to 2014

WMFM, a radio station (107.9 FM) licensed to Key West, Florida, United States, which used the call sign WSKP from 1993 to 1997

WWLL, a radio station (105.7 FM) licensed to Sebring, Florida, United States, which used the call signs WSKP and WSKP-FM from 1978 to 1984


WSKP (1180 AM; "Kool Radio") is a radio station licensed to serve Hope Valley, Rhode Island. The station is owned by John Fuller's Red Wolf Broadcasting Corporation. It airs an oldies format.

With Red Wolf Broadcasting acquiring Davidson Media’s New England properties, the company is combining two Oldies brands into one trimulcast. The merger of programming takes the “Kool” branding of 1180 WSKP Hope Valley, Rhode Island/106.5 WBMW-HD3 Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and the airstaff of 990 WNTY Southington, Hartford, Connecticut and 1490 WACM Springfield, Massachusetts. Northeast Radio Watch reports that the new “Kool Radio” is featuring WACM/WNTY’s Larry Kratka in mornings as previous morning host Fred King exits.


WWRX may refer to:

WWRX (FM), a radio station (107.7 MHz) licensed to Bradford, Rhode Island, United States

WSKP (AM), a radio station (1180 kHz) licensed to Hope Valley, Rhode Island, United States, which held the call sign WWRX from December 2013 through April 2014

WVEI-FM, a radio station (103.7 MHz) licensed to Westerly, Rhode Island, United States, which held the call signs WWRX and WWRX-FM from the late 1980s-early 2000s

Wonder Loom

Wonder Loom is a toy loom used to create colorful bracelets and charms by weaving rubber bands together into Brunnian links. It was designed in 2013 by Choon's Designs LLC of Wixom, Michigan and licensed to The Beadery Craft Products in Hope Valley, Rhode Island as the exclusive manufacturer.

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