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A Victorian Primer In Cape May, the Nation's First Seashore Resort

Program Number: 1672RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/9/2013 - 6/14/2013; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

With local experts, delve into all things Victorian: architecture and the secrets that old houses hold, literature, decorative arts, antiques and pastimes. Enjoy visits with living-history characters, expert-led walks of Victorian interiors (including the Frank Furness-designed Emlen Physick Estate) and exteriors, a visit to the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse and lively Temperance Debate.




Highlights

• Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, step back in time to the Victorian era of America’s first seashore resort.
• Around every corner, experience Victorian architecture and the secrets held within.
• Discover the social customs and traditions that permeate the parlors with the sea as your backdrop.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 2 miles per day on varied terrain and VERY uneven pavement; standing one hour. Stairs during museum visit.




Date Specific Information

6-9-2013

Choose from two lodging options: the Inn of Cape May or upgraded accommodations at Congress Hall Hotel. Participants during this program may attend concerts of the 24th annual Cape May Music Festival.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




Cape May

More than 600 authentically restored Victorian structures make up this National Historic Landmark City on New Jersey's southern shore. Dubbed the nation's "First Seashore Resort," Cape May has been welcoming visitors to its white-sand beaches since the 1800s. Also a birding "hotspot," Cape May attracts more than 400 species of birds a year.



Accommodations
This oceanfront hotel is dedicated to recreating the grandeur of a by-gone era while providing all modern comforts and conveniences for a most enjoyable stay.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Robert Heinly

A former college professor, Dr. Robert Heinly is the Museum Education Director for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. During his career as an educator, Robert served as a curriculum supervisor, administrator and mentor to student teachers. He is also an experienced living history re-enactor, having played roles at Independence Hall National Park. In Cape May, he has become Dr. Emlen Physick, the eccentric doctor who built the Physick Estate and was a civic gadfly in his era.
 
Rich Chiemingo

Rich Chiemingo is a museum educator for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, as well as a lighthouse keeper at the Cape May Lighthouse and an observer at the World War II Lookout Tower. As a living history interpreter, he shares his perspective on American composer and band leader John Philip Sousa. Prior to retiring to the Cape May area, Rich has also held a career in the music industry, including a stint as a military bandsman.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May
  Cape May, NJ 5 nights
 Congress Hall
Type: Hotel
  Description: Welcome to Congress Hall, a haven of relaxed elegance, fun, historic charm and luxury at the New Jersey shore. Set amid sweeping, landscaped grounds overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Cape May's broad sandy beaches, Congress Hall is just a few steps from the ocean, in the heart of Cape May's famed historic district, just .4 miles from the Inn of Cape May (an 8 to 10 minute walk). Congress Hall's unique character combines the grandeur and elegance of Cape May's most revered landmark hotel with the appeal and convenience of a modern resort. Congress Hall offers a vibrant atmosphere and modern-day comforts within the grand serenity of this lovingly renovated nineteenth-century hostelry. The guest room accommodations offer state of the art amenities in an environment of timeless calm. Congress Hall's L-shaped design, a tradition among Cape May hotels, affords many guest rooms uninterrupted views of the beach.
  Contact info: 251 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-8421
web: www.congresshall.com
  Room amenities: Private bathroom with hairdryer, individual climate control for air conditioning and heating, color television with remote, DVD player , complimentary hi-speed wireless internet access, two telephones, including voicemail and data port, daily housekeeping services, Irons and boards.
  Facility amenities: On-site parking with valet. Dining room serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service. Elegant cocktail lounge. Night club. 108 guest rooms. 5 luxurious suites. Elevators. Fitness Room. Blue’s Clubhouse for kids. Full-service spa. Lobby shops. Executive conferencing including multiple meeting rooms. Tented beach-front weddings. Banqueting facilities for up to 250. Banqueting/wedding organization and event management services. Beach cabana with food service - seasonal. Private beach cabanas available - seasonal. Beach towels, chairs and umbrellas - seasonal. Pool with towels, umbrellas and loungers - seasonal. Poolside food and beverage service - seasonal.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Inn of Cape May
Type: Hotel
  Description: When the Inn of Cape May began life in 1894, it boasted what were then state-of-the-art amenities: steam heat, gas lights, an electric system, and a wonderful wrap-around verandah to catch ocean breezes. Today, the Inn’s original Otis elevator from 1900 is still in service, operated by hotel staff as available. Guest rooms are basic and modestly sized, featuring retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C and cable TV. Rooms are furnished as they would have been a century ago with wicker and vintage furniture, and may either have two full-size beds or one queen or king-size bed. The Inn of Cape May also offers a restaurant, bar and in-ground pool, and is conveniently located within walking distance of the main pedestrian area.
  Contact info: 7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and TV. All rooms have the same basic amenities but differ in location and size. Assigned upon arrival, advanced requests for specific rooms and room change requests cannot be accommodated.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar (open seasonally), antiques shop in lobby
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only showers.
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM. You will be staying at Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at Inn of Cape May after lunch (approximately 1:30pm). Box lunch available for early departures. You will be staying at Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for hotel guests. Participants will get a permit for their car at check-in.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cape May, NJ
  Nearest city or town:  Atlantic City, NJ
  Nearest highway: Garden State Parkway
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport; Atlantic City Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cape May, NJ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rapid Rover
phone: 856-428-1500
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$185
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car, even though you don't need one in Cape May.

 

New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

250 miles

   

The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 

Atlantic City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Royal Airport Limo
phone: 609-748-9777
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car, even though you don't need one in Cape May.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$18.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours 

   

The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 
Driving Directions
  Altantic City Airport Take Atlantic City Expressway South to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn right. Take Beach to Ocean St. Turn right. Hotel is on your right. Approximate driving time 1 hour
  Baltimore, Washington DC I 95 to Delaware Memorial Bridge, to Rte 40 East, to Rte 55 South, to Rte 47 South, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. or via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, exit the terminal onto Rte 9, to Rte 109 South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hours from Baltimore and 4 hours from Washington.)
  New York Garden State Parkway South to Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hour drive.)
  Pennsylvania Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridge to Rte. 42 South, to Atlantic City Expressway, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 2 hour drive)
  Philadelphia International Airport Exit airport to I95 N. Take Walt Whitman Bridge to NJ. Take Rte 42 to Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn right. Take Beach to Ocean St. Turn right. Hotel is on your right. Approximate time 2hours.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, wine and cheese reception/Orientation
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00 PM: Program registration in Inn of Cape May lobby. 4:00 PM: Registration for guest rooms begins. 5:00 PM: Wine and cheese reception at Inn of Cape May for all participants, introductions and mini-orientation in dining room.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.
 Evening: 8:00 PM: An Evening at the Cape May Music Festival at Cape May Convention Hall. Program features the George Mesterhazy Trio with guests Barry Miles on piano and vocalist Paula Johns in a program from the Great American Songbook. Participants may also choose free evening.
   
Accommodations: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lectures/Cape May Historic District Walking Tour
(Monday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.
 Morning: 9:45 AM: Orientation. 10:45 AM: Introduction to Victorian Era and Cape May – Overviews of highlights of the history of Cape May and Victorian Era with emphasis on how the Victorians’ history and culture contributed to both Cape May’s becoming the Victorian Era Queen of the Seaside Resorts and its modern Victorian Renaissance. (powerpoint used)
 Lunch: 12:30 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Lunch in the hotel dining with choice of two options.
 Afternoon: 1:45 PM: Cape May’s Victorian Architecture Talk – Attendees will learn how to identify over a half dozen major Victorian architectural styles and how Victorian architecture and interior design reflected Victorian lifestyle and philosophy (powerpoint used) 3:30 PM: Cape May’s Victorian Architecture Walk – Leisure walk covers 1 mile in over an hour.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.
 Evening: 7:30 PM: Victorian Social History – Overview of the major changes in American culture during Victorian Era. Included are the impacts of urbanization and industrialization on ethics, morals and other social behaviors. (powerpoint used)
   
Accommodations: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe/Living History Presentation
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.
 Morning: 9:45 AM: Victorian Etiquette & Manners – Attendees can learn the “hows” and “whys” of Victorian manners and etiquette. A brief introduction to Victorian Era and to the Emlen Physick Estate is included. (powerpoint and kit is used) 10:45 AM: Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour – A trolley tour throughout the greater Cape May area highlighting major points of interest like the PE, LH, WWII Tower, Sunset Beach, harbor and a sampling of historic hotels and homes.
 Lunch: 12:30 PM: Enjoy a traditional Tea Luncheon at Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom on the grounds of Emlen Physick Estate. Lunch includes homemade tea breads, salad, sandwiches and dessert. Following lunch, take part in the temperance debate raging in Cape May in 1899. Listen to Women's Christian Temperance advocate Jennie Wales as she battles with saloonkeeper Patrick Collins and then exercise your right to vote. This living history presentations features costumed characters from the past who welcome you into their world.
 Afternoon: 2:30 PM: An Afternoon with the Physick Family – Dr. Physick brings his mother and aunt to pay a call. The ladies provide a window into the world of Victorian women, while the good doctor equally represents the masculine domain of the era.3:30 PM: An Afternoon of Victorian Music – This music illustrates the rich variety of music of the Victorian Era from Sousa’s patriotic marches, to Stephen Foster’s minstrel songs, to the great classical works of the era, to the birth of jazz. (powerpoint used)
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.
 Evening: 8:00 PM: An Evening at the Cape May Music Festival at Cape May Episcopal Church featuring the New Jersey Symphony Chamber Players or free time.
   
Accommodations: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cape May Lighthouse/Lunch at hotel/Performance/Lecture
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.
 Morning: 9:45 AM: Overview of MAC – A brief description of the activities of MAC and how they have contributed to Cape May’s Renaissance. 10:30 AM: Seminar on Victorian Women I & II – Victorian women of the upper classes were idealized as wives and mothers, but sheltered from the real world in the cocoon of their homes. Learn how the clothing of the Victorian Women reflected their roles and evolved to suit an evolving lifestyle. As the Victorian Era progressed, women began to shed their cocoons, and participate fully in society. Attendees will learn about the forces, movements and dozens of individuals involved in the evolution of Victorian women and their lifestyles. (powerpoint and kit used)
 Lunch: 12:30 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Lunch in the hotel dining with choice of two options.
 Afternoon: 1:45 PM: The Cape May Lighthouse (Beacon) – A rich presentation on lighthouse lore with a particular focus on the Cape May Lighthouse and its history and restoration. This program is an ideal preparation for a Cape May Lighthouse climb. (Powerpoint used) 2:30 PM: Field Trip to CMLH, SB and CMPSP – After climb of lighthouse, group has approx. 30 min. to visit museum, Hawkwatch Platform and Overlook at CMPSP. Group then goes to Sunset Beach for approx 45 min. to search for CM diamonds, look at concrete ship and shop.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.
 Evening: 7:30 PM: An Evening with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – A living history session during which Her Royal Highness and her Prince Consort grace us with recollections of their life and times.
   
Accommodations: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Seminar on Victorian Women/Living History Performance
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.
 Morning: 9:45 AM: Free time to explore Cape May.
 Lunch: 12:30 PM: All participants eat at the Inn of Cape May. Lunch in the hotel dining with choice of two options.
 Afternoon: 1:45 PM: Victorian Spiritualism – The Victorian Era was a golden age for monsters, ghosts, spirits, séances and belief in the paranormal. This program shows the many aspects of Victorian Spiritualism and why the Victorians were so willing to believe in the other side. (powerpoint used) 3:00 PM: The Ghosts of Cape May – Cape May has a history of psychic activity. It has attracted physics and ghost hunters and generated volumes on the spirits who inhabit the town. This illustrated lecture discusses that activity and the methods used to detect ghostly presence. (powerpoint used) 4:00 PM: Tales of Olde Cape May – Specially trained costumed storytellers relate brief and unusual tales of incidents from history of the Cape May area. Some of them deal with: pic-nics, pirates and buried treasure, Sousa, the great fire, etc.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM All participants eat at the Merion Inn. Choice of three menu items including a vegetarian option.
 Evening: 8:00 PM: An Evening at the Cape May Music Festival at Cape May Episcopal Church featuring the New York Chamber Ensemble or free time.
   
Accommodations: Congress Hall or Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Performance/Graduation
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30 AM: At the Inn of Cape May: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit and yogurt available on request. At Congress Hall: participants receive a $20 voucher for breakfast to be spent at the Blue Pig or Tommy's Folly.
 Morning: 9:30 AM: John Philip Sousa is the graduation speaker and will talk about his fascinating life and his times. The presentation is richly illustrated and full of interesting information about America's March King. John Philip Sousa is a living history reenactor and life long musician, who even plays the helicon, the forerunner of the Sousaphone and today's tuba. 11:00 AM: Afterwards, review final exam questions, collect evaluations and distribute diplomas. Open forum with participants to discuss program, review additional offerings.
 Lunch: 12:30 PM Lunch at hotel. Box lunch available for early departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cape May, NJ Cape May County Historical Museum
(609) 465-3535 For additional information, visit www.cmcmuseum.org
  Leaming's Run Gardens
(609) 465-5871 For additional information, visit www.leamingsrungardens.com/
  Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 For additional information, visit www.capemaymac.org
  Naval Air Station Wildwood
Aviation Museum Phone (609) 886-8787 For additional information, visit www.usnasw.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


American Home Life: 1880-1930


Author: Foy, Jessica and Schlerth, Thomas


Cape May: Queen of the Seaside Resorts


Author: George Thomas and Carl Doebley


Description: This is a wonderful reference and souvenir of your stay in Cape May with an introductory historical essay and an extensive section of photographs of the most historic buildings of Cape May. This fine book is available at the Museum Shop of the Emlen Physick Estate and can be ordered online from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts or call 609-884-5404 ext. 117 for mail order.



Sentinel of the Jersey Cape


Author: John Bailey


Description: John Bailey's best selling book tells the complete story of the 141-year old Cape May lighthouse. A remarkable mix of technical exposition, historical observation and personal sentiment. Available from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts' Museum Shop, 609-884-5404, extension 142



Summer City by the Sea


Author: Emil Salvini


Description: This is the story of the rise and the fall and rise again of the country's first seaside resort - a fantasy city created by whalers, river pilots and speculators and molded by fires and storms. Its two-hundred year roller coaster ride resulted in Cape May regaining the title of Queen of the Seaside Resorts. Available through the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts' Museum Shop, 609-884-5404, extension 142



The Confident Years


Author: American Heritage


The First Resort


Author: Ben Miller


Description: Coffee table book with great, rare archival photos and articles about Cape May's past.



Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life


Author: Schlerth, Thomas




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