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    Quote Originally Posted by Marianita View Post
    Jersey Devil, perhaps you can find out about ''Coopers Folly Road.'' That should be interesting. Sort of like ''Seawards folly.'' lol. Now here is a question for you. For example my son lives in Evesham Township. He lives in Marlton as you know. Why are there townships and how did they come about? Like Cinnaminson Township and many other townships. They have towns under them. I think it is neat but not sure why. Also many places end in the word,''boro.'' I am interested in knowing these kinds of things. I learn alot from the magazines I subscribe to and I read the Jersey news daily. I am detail oriented. Take care. Marianita
    Hey Marianita,
    I found this about Cooper's Folly I don't know if that's the same Cooper you were looking for. After all, how many Cooper's with such a folly could there be?

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    Good morning!

    Cherry Hill was indeed named after its shopping mall. Prior to the mall's opening in 1961--it is the first enclosed shopping mall on the east coast--the area was known as Delaware Township. When the powers-that-be noticed the popularity of the Cherry Hill Mall--people came from miles around to see it--they renamed the town.

    My hometown, Voorhees, was originally settled by the Dutch. "Hees" is a town in The Netherlands, and "voor" is a prefix meaning "in front of".

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    Hi jeffm. Thankyou for the info on Cooper although I am not sure what his folly was. I am going to sit down this evening and read everything.
    So Cherry Hill mall has been there since 1961. That is a long time. I love Cherry Hill Mall. My DIL and I would go shopping there and get caught in some big storms. lol. We would find a nice cozy restaurant to sit and ride out the storm. Those were the days. I understand that Strawbridges is no longer in the mall. I liked that place because it was much like our Gottschalks here.
    By the way are you saying that Cherry Hill Mall was there before the city was named Cherry Hill? Keep posting these facinating facts. Take care. Marianita

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    Hi jerseyboy. Wow that is some interesting info on Voorhees. I really wondered how the place got it's name. For some reason I thought it was named after somone. So I need to remember that Voor means ''in front of.'' What else do you know about Voorhees? Marianita

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    I always thought the same as Marianita about Voorhees - that it was named after someone. I do wonder though, if some people in movies were named after the town. For instance - Friday the 13tb was filmed in northern New Jersey and Jason's mother was "Mrs Voorhees" At least that was the way it was pronounced - not sure if that was actually the way it was spelt. I was thinking the script writers might have liked the sound of the name.

    I am also really surprised by what you said concerning Cherry Hill. Do you know if there was a cherry farm where the mall was built or anything? Now I'm wondering why the mall was named Cherry Hill.

    This isn't really a town fact, but do u know that all the streets named "White Horse", such as White Horse Pike, are named after Washington's horse? I love the colonialness of New Jersey's place names. There are so much history to our names.
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    Hello,

    I just looked up the history of Cherry Hill which can be found at this link: http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/about/default.asp. It appears that the now-24 square mile (38.4 sq-km) township had the same name as [I]another[I] Delaware Township in New Jersey; and that the Cherry Hill Inn, a hotel, had been operating across the street from the mall since about 1956. There's also information about the Latin Casino, another topic of interest on this forum.

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    Replying to my own post, hoping JD doesn't object to my posting links this early in my membership, on the Voorhees, NJ website and on Wikipedia I found some interesting facts about my adopted hometown. Adopted because I grew up in Haddonfield and Westmont, NJ before moving to Voorhees in 1995.

    Voorhees sits next to Cherry Hill in eastern Camden County. It's 11.6 square miles (18.56 square kilometers) in area and in the 2000 census had a population of 28,126 people. Though the Dutch origin of the name is correct, the township is named after Foster McGowan Voorhees; who was governor of New Jersey when he gave Voorhees Township permission to separate from Waterford Township (where my brother lives) on March 3, 1899.

    The first residents of what is now Voorhees were the Lenni-Lenape Indians who also lived in an area covering Cherry Hill to Marlton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseyboy1963 View Post
    Replying to my own post, hoping JD doesn't object to my posting links this early in my membership, on the Voorhees, NJ website and on Wikipedia I found some interesting facts about my adopted hometown.
    Jim - nope I don't mind you linking to other sites as long as they provide useful information and deal with the topic's subject. I've only minded when people were clearly advertising. There is also no problem with opening old treads.

    As for Wikipedia - although it can provide some good information, I don't like wikipedia. For one thing - much of their information dealing with NJ is incorrect and also if you look at the "comment" section of the articles - you will see that many of the people contributing to the articles are very anti-New Jerseyan - especially when discussing the Statue of Liberty or our NFL teams who claim to be NY teams. I have an article concerning Wikipedia and many experiences with them - including them removing photos of the Statue of Liberty as viewed from NJ. (I know this is VERY off topic)
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