I had the pleasure of doing another gorgeous maternity shoot, here in South Jersey! Maternity is my ultimate favorite thing to shoot in this whole wide world! My one true passion is history as I have written books about South Jersey, so I like to incorporate a bit of South Jersey history into my sessions!!!
I had discovered between some mutual friends of a place in the Cooper River Park area in Pennsauken (or Collingswood) depending on which side of the river! There are quite some folklores on this place, but has been in existence for about 80 years and looks like it will be around for quite some time!!!
The locals refer to it as Robin Hood’s castle! Now, us South Jerseyans love us some history so am going to add a bit of it here in this blog post!!
Now, here is the “REAL” Nottingham’s Castle… aka Robin Hood’s castle and as you can see they don’t compare. (Actually, the real castle at Nottingham burned down around the last 150 years and this was built as it’s replacement).
The term Robin Hood’s castle was derived up from the local Collingswood kids who use to play here! The name has kind of stuck through the last few decades.
Here’s a lowdown of our local South Jersey castle.
The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. It was a Federal project to help stimulate the economy prior to WWII.
Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by this awesome agency. At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men!
What is cool is there are MANY well intact structures built by the WPA all over South Jersey! Like this one! Yes, a lot of the parks we see today are from around this time frame especially in Camden County and Gloucester Counties. It’s neat to see some of the history unfolding right here in our backyard that generations have probably enjoyed for decades!!!
Now, I will probably have to use it for some upcoming shoots as I love the old Pennsylvania stone! Maybe another maternity session who knows? There is plenty of shaded areas of Cooper River park and an old historic house not too far from this location as well!
My only one complaint is there is a ton and I mean a ton of geese droppings… so if you don’t mind landmines then go for it! This momma nailed her entire session! From what to wear to dealing with the heat! It was almost 100 degrees this day! Also, they have now introduced their bundle of joy to the world!!! Congratulations, mama and daddy!!!
I hope you enjoyed this history lesson! I love getting to include a little bit of local South Jersey flavor into my sessions!
Happy Shooting, my friends!