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 a residential area; West Hopkinton, primarily the town's agricultural center; and Contoocook Village, the town business hub. Some still refer to the three separately, but together they form one town with the same zip code, school system, and town government. Hopkinton offers small town ambiance through a blend of well-preserved history and natural beauty. In addition to working farms and the oldest surviving covered railroad bridge in the world, the town hosts a variety of eclectic shops and services.