Thanks to Alyssa Gamble for this curated collection of postcards from Hopkinton and Woodville’s past.
Woodville & Lake Whitehall
At one time, Woodville had several commercial operations that leveraged the waters of Whitehall Brook and Lake Whitehall. The Coolidge Carriage Manufactory was one such, sited on Wood Street near the dam, and shown below. John Wood (for whom Woodville is named) operated both a sawmill and an inn. Joseph Walker – for whom a street in Woodville is named — invented a method of attaching soles to shoes with wooden pegs, which revolutionized the shoe manufacturing industry and helped make Hopkinton a center of it.