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

Program Number: 1672RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013; 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

9-29-2013

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
   Inn of Cape May
  Cape May, NJ 5 nights
 Inn of Cape May
Type: Hotel
  Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.
  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 cable 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. Refrigerators available upon request.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar (open seasonally), antiques shop in lobby, in ground pool on lawn, wifi in first floor public areas. Elevator is vintage 1900 and must be operated by hotel staff. Convenient to beachfront, pedestrian shopping mall.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some only showers.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call the hotel. Rates vary by season.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call the hotel. Rates vary by season.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


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 Inn of Cape May that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel. Box lunch available for early departures. You will be staying at 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, September 29)
   
 Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM.
 Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.
 Evening: Introduction of faculty and participants, review of week's programs and menu, orientation to hotel and area.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lectures/Cape May Historic District Walking Tour
(Monday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.
 Morning: 9:45am: Lectures on the history of Cape May and general Victorian social history. Cape May has been a seashore resort attracting visitors for more than 200 hundred years. Learn how and why the resort developed and about its founding families and famous visitors. Once you know about Victorian Cape May, learn about Victorian society. Informative hand-outs accompany each lecture.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch in the hotel dining room. Choice of two menu items, typically featuring soup or salad, half sandwiches, with dessert
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: Lecture and Field Trip Richly illustrated Powerpoint presentation about the elements of Victorian architecture, focusing on Cape May's rich collection of Victorian era buildings. The lecture is followed by 45 minute guided walk through Cape May's primary Historic District to see examples of the various styles..
 Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Victorian Social History- an illustrated powerpoint presentation on what made the Victorians tick- including their views on medicine, sexuality, politics and more.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe/Living History Presentation
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.
 Morning: 9:45am: Lecture and Field Trip Victorian Etiquette & Manners: Learn the Ps and Qs about etiquette and manners before traveling to the Emlen Physick Estate so you know how to comport yourself with the Physick Family. Then enjoy a guided field trip through Cape May's Historic District and to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian House Museum. Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Enjoy a traditional Tea Luncheon at Carriage House Cafe & 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: 3:00pm: The Physick Family - Dr. Emlen Physick, his mother Mrs. Frances Ralston and Aunt Emilie Parmetier - come to play a call on you at the hotel. They are prepared to share with you the news of what's happening in the Cape May of the Victorian era, including choice bits of gossip. They welcome questions about their world.
 Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.
 Evening: 7:30pm: An Evening of Victorian Music: Learn about Victorian music from an expert in this richly illustrated lecture. The program includes audio of the music discussed as well as historys of the most influential musicians of the day.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cape May Lighthouse/Lunch at hotel/Performance/Lecture
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.
 Morning: 9:45am: What were Victorian women like? Find out if they were frail, fragile hothouse creatures swaddled in the cocoon of their society, their home and their clothing or independent thinkers ready to fly the cocoon in this afternoon seminar on Victorian women. Richly illustrated Powerpoint presentation, supplemented by artifacts and objects from the past.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Choice of two lunch options, typically soup or salad and sandwich, beverage and dessert.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: Lecture and Field Trip The Keeper of the Cape May Lighthouse shares his knowledge and love of the structure in a richly illustrated lecture about lighthouse history, legend and lore. The lecture is followed by guided field trip to Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park, where you may climb the 199 steps to the watchroom. If you choose not to climb, a fully accessible visitors center is available. You will also explore Cape May Point State Park and Sunset Beach, where you can look for "Cape May Diamonds." Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.
 Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Meet the Royals- enjoy a visit from the 19th century royals- Victoria and Albert, who share their life and times with the group.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Seminar on Victorian Women/Living History Performance
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.
 Morning: 9:45am: Free time to explore Cape May on our own.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Choice of two lunch options, typically soup or salad and sandwich, beverage and dessert.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: 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: 6:00pm: Three-course dinner at Merion Inn. Choice of four or five menu options, including seafood, meat and vegetarian.
 Evening: 7:45pm: Victorian Recreations: participants will enjoy a richly illustrated lecture about how the Victorians re-created themselves in their leisure time. Using artifacts from the era, the presenters will demonstrate some of the past-times enjoyed by our ancestors.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Performance/Graduation
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.
 Morning: 9:30am: 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. Afterwards, review final exam questions, collect evaluations and distribute diplomas. Open forum with participants to discuss program, review additional offerings.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch in the hotel dining room. Choice of two menu items, typically featuring soup or salad, half sandwiches, with dessert. Box lunch available for early departure.
   
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/
  Naval Air Station Wildwood
Aviation Museum Phone (609) 886-8787 For additional information, visit www.usnasw.org
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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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