Incorporated in 1765, the Town of Hopkinton was once the state capital and a popular stop on the passenger rail line between Boston and Montreal. The town was made up of three distinct entities: Hopkinton, mainly as a residential area; West Hopkinton, primarily the location for the town’s agricultural center; and Contoocook Village, the town’s business hub. To this day, the three entities of the town share the same zip code and school system.
Hopkinton and its business district of Contoocook Village offer small town ambiance through a blend of well preserved history and natural beauty. In addition to working farms and the oldest covered bridge railroad in the United States, both villages host a variety of eclectic shops and services.