New Jersey
Discover Victorian Cape May, America’s First Seaside Resort
Explore a historic lighthouse, the Emlen Physick Estate and the second largest collection of Victorian homes in the nation as you discover Cape May, America’s first seashore resort.
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Program No. 1672RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

With local experts, delve into all things Victorian: architecture and the secrets that old houses hold, literature, decorative arts, antiques and pastimes of a bygone era. Enjoy visits with living-history characters, walk with experts in Victorian interiors like the Frank Furness-designed Emlen Physick Estate, visit the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse and take on issues of the day in a lively Temperance Debate.
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Keep the Pace
Walk two miles per day, varied terrain, very uneven pavement; standing one hour. Stairs during museum visit.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.
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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.
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