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

Program Number: 1672RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2014 - 6/6/2014; 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: $825.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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

6-1-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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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
   Grand Hotel
  Cape May, NJ 5 nights
 Grand Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hotel has two giant sun decks overlooking the sea.
  Contact info: 1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5611
web: www.grandhotelcapemay.com
  Room amenities: Full Bath, Vanity Area with Hair Dryer, Serta Pillow Top Mattress, Electronic Safe, 3 cubic ft. compact Beverage Refrigerator, Microwave Oven, Coffee Maker(bring your favorite coffee!), Iron & Ironing Board.
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, indoor whirlpool, indoor and outdoor heated pools
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: market rate call hotel to arrange extra nights
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: market rate call hotel to arrange extra nights
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration begins at 4pm. Rooms are guaranteed available by 4pm. Welcome reception at 5pm. Dinner at 6pm. Orientation at 7:30pm You will be staying at Grand Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel by 10:30. Hotel check-out is 11:00am You will be staying at Grand Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for hotel guests.
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 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 a mile from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 

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

 

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. If driving, take I95 North to Walt Whitman Bridge to NJ. Take 42 South to Atlantic City Express 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 left onto Beach. Hotel is on your left.

 

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. If driving, take Atlantic City Express 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 left. Take Beach to Hotel on your left.

 
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 left. Take Beach to Hotel on your left. 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 left. The hotel is directly ahead on your left. 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 left. The hotel is directly ahead on your left. (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 left. The hotel is directly ahead on your left. (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 left. Take Beach to Hotel on your left. 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: Meet & Greet/Orientation/Introductions
(Sunday, June 1)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00 PM: Hotel check-in. From 4pm on, pick up materials from Road Scholar in hotel meeting room. 5:00 PM: Wine and cheese reception and introductions in hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: 6:00pm: Dinner in hotel.
 Evening: 7:15pm Orientation: Introduction of faculty and participants, review of week's programs and menu, orientation to hotel and area. Evening stroll on the Promenade.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lectures/Cape May Trolley Tour
(Monday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel
 Morning: 9:30am An Introduction to Victoriana and an Introduction to Victorian Era and Cape May with Bob Heinly – 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: Lunch in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Take a Trolley Tour of Cape May, orienting you to the community you will spend the rest of the week.
 Dinner: 6pm Dinner in hotel.
 Evening: Living History Presentation: Meet 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.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe/Living History Presentation
(Tuesday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Victorian Architecture Visit: Emlen Physick Estate
 Lunch: Luncheon at Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom on the grounds of Emlen Physick Estate.
 Afternoon: Take a guided architectural walk back to the hotel through the historic district.
 Dinner: 6pm Dinner in hotel.
 Evening: Living History Presentation: Temperance Debate.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Learn about the rise of Spiritualism in the Victorian Era and take a Ghost Walking Tour
(Wednesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Victorian Spiritualism and a guided walk focusing on the Ghosts of Cape May ending in town.
 Lunch: Lunch in Historic Cape May
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to try one of the many gourmet restaurants here.
 Evening: On your own
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Lectures on Victorian Literature and Recreation; Trolley to the Lighthouse and Beaches
(Thursday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Lectures: Victorian Literature and the rise of Recreation during the Victorian era
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Take the Trolley to Cape May Lighthouse and Point State Park. Visit Sunset Beach.
 Dinner: 6:00 Dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: Living History Presentation: An Evening with John Phillip Sousa
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture/Sweet Surprise
(Friday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Learn about the changing role of women during Victorian times. We offer a sweet surprise and program ends by 10:30. Hotel check out is 11:00.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

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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