Last month, we drove from Norfolk to Philladelphia to visit the National Archives and Records Administration.
En route, we took a slight detour to Carney’s Point, NJ to check out the houses in that neighborhood. Carney’s Point, like Penniman, eventually became the site of a World War 1 DuPont munitions plant.
In 1891, E. I. DuPont de Nemours bought the land from the descendant of an Irish immigrant (Thomas Carney). DuPont wanted the 17-mile-square-tract to build a manufacturing plant for one of their best-selling products: smokeless gunpowder.
When The European War began in July 1914, demand for smokeless gunpowder exploded (so to speak). (World War I began in Europe in July 1914, and was originally known as The European War.)
After The European War started, Carney’s Point went from a population of 2,000 (pre-War) to 25,000 (early 1917). In their rush to provide housing for their employees, they turned to Aladdin, and created – literally – a neighborhood full of Aladdin kit homes.
We went to Carney’s Point with a photograph in hand and a mission. I wanted to take a photo that replicated a pre-WW1 photo of the same neighborhood. Mark Hardin found this vintage image (see below) and even figured out what street it was on. Milton and I both snapped several photos, trying to re-create the original image from the vintage photo. And his photos came out much better than my own. I hate it when that happens. 😉
Actually, I was very grateful to find that his photos had come out so pretty.
Do the folks in Carney’s Point know that they live in a neighborhood full of Aladdin kit homes?
To learn more about Virginia’s Own Ghost City (Penniman), click here.
To read about the other cool houses I found in Carney’s Point, click here or here.
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