Did you know that the name Sarah means princess?
Of course I know this 🙂
So, how perfect then that when I meet Sarah she tells me she wants to hold her senior portrait session at an old castle! A Castle for a princess, how perfect.
So the castle is really the remains of what was to be a castle out on Gibbet Hill, in Groton. The brief history, courtesy of the Gibbet Hill Grill, states that in 1906
“General William Bancroft, a Groton native who became head of the Boston Elevated Railroad and Mayor of Cambridge, began building a retirement home called Shawfieldmont at the crest of Gibbet Hill. Beginning with a modest bungalow, he planned to add a castle-like mansion and a stable, but ran out of money before the project was complete.”
The property over the years became a private sanitarium, followed by a home for tuberculoses patients, to a place for fox hunting parties, dinners, dancing and nature outings for the Groton Hunt club. It was then in 1932 that a fire said to be caused by fireworks destroyed the bungalow. What remains now is a stone tower, the shell of what once was and is a fantastic location for Sarah’s senior portraits!
Carissa Ashley did a beautiful job accentuating Sarah’s beautiful features in such a natural way that worked perfectly for this session!
Don’t let her fool you, this princess is not afraid to be a little sassy! Her crazy faces and spunky personality had us all laughing throughout her session!
By the end of the session we were all very hungry and Sarah let her softer side show, at least thats what I see in this photo of her overlooking the town of Groton.
Thank you Sarah for introducing me to Gibbet Hill and it’s History, and of course for sharing your smiles and personality!
More of Sarah will be posted on our Facebook page soon, be sure to check them out!