New Hope Residents

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Rita Ann Vorhees Abbott (NHHS)

Rita was born and raised in New Hope. Her memories growing up in New Hope and Lambertville in the period from 1920 to 1940 are extensive. Recording and details.

Calvin Cooper  (NHHS)

Calvin moved to New Hope when he was 3 years old and grew up there in the 1920s and 1930s. After World War II he returned to New Hope, and for the rest of his life lived in a few other places but always moved back to New Hope. He was an architect and involved citizen. Recording and details.

Mildred Woods Hopkins (STHS)

Mildred lived on Mechanic Street in New Hope and was one of the few Black women to have spent most of her life in the area. She speaks of incidents from before the Civil War until 2005. Recording and details.

Dr. Kenneth Leiby (NHHS)

Kenneth was an iconic, local town and country doctor for 52 years.  His practice years spanned New Hope’s development from a small town to a populous and popular tourist and bedroom community. Recording and details.

Jane Paxson Parry Maule Little (NHHS)

Jane was born Jane Paxson Parry Maule. She was the fifth generation Jane Paxson Parry, and she tells us about her family and her many memories of the Parry Mansion. She was called Jean by her friends. Recording and details.

James Magill (NHHS)

Jim’s ancestors were among the original English settlers of the area and Jim was a life-long resident and mayor of New Hope. He shares his extensive knowledge of the area and important issues of the time.   Recording 1 and details.  Recording 2 and details.