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
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Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Cape May, NJ
Grand Hotel

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 Orientation to review week's programs and menu, and introductions in hotel meeting room.

Dinner: 6:00pm: Dinner in hotel.

Evening: Nothing is planned for this evening.

Lectures, Explore Cape May By Trolley
Cape May, NJ
Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: 9:30am An Introduction to Victoriana and an 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.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Take a Trolley Tour to Cape May Point visiting the Lighthouse and Sunset Beach. We will also visit Cape May Point and The Lighthouse.

Dinner: 6pm Dinner in hotel.

Evening: Living History Presentation: Temperance Debate. Take part in a lively discussion on whether or not Cape May should remain dry during prohibition or go the way of sin as in Atlantic City.

Carriage House Tearoom, Sunset flag Ceremony
Cape May, NJ
Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a trolley tour of the Historic District orienting you to the community in which you will spend the rest of the week followed by a visit of the: Emlen Physick Estate, attributed to architect, Frank Furnace and see how the Physick family lived.

Lunch: Lunch at Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom on the grounds of Emlen Physick Estate.

Afternoon: Stroll back to the hotel through the historic district with our local expert and learn about the Victorian Architecture of the beautiful gingerbread covered mansions.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or a local restaurant

Evening: Flag lowering ceremony at Sunset Beach

Spiritualism in the Victorian Era, Ghost Walk
Cape May, NJ
Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Learn about Victorian Spiritualism and the rise of clairvoyants, illusionists and mediums. Then take a guided walk focusing on the Ghosts of Cape May ending in town.

Lunch: Lunch in Historic Cape May

Afternoon: Free Afternoon

Dinner: Dinner is on you own this evening

Evening: Free Evening for you to enjoy Cape May's lively night scene

Lectures, Trolley to The Mansions, Theater Performance
Cape May, NJ
Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Living History Presentation: John Philip Sousa followed by a Mansions by the Seaside Trolley Tour.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Lecture: Victorian theater and it's characteristics.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at one of Cape May's well known restaurants.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: enjoy a theater performance

Sweet Surprise, Program Concludes
Cape May, NJ

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Our program ends after breakfast to enable you to make an early start to return to your perspectives cities.

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