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Washington County is approximately 65 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri and is divided into eleven townships: Belgrade, Belleview, Breton, Concord, Harmony, Johnson, Kingston, Liberty, Richwoods, Union and Walton.
Hopewell was founded in 1853 by John Evans and originally named Hopewell Furnace, home to large smelting furnaces along the historic Iron Mountain Railroad. Hopewell is located within the Breton Township just off of state highway 8 between Potosi and Leadwood, Missouri. Its location is along one of the routes of the infamous Cherokee Trail of Tears. Historically, Hopewell was the site of various Civil War events.
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