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Address: Washington and Franklin Streets, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone Number: 609-884-9100
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worth your time, but check for open hours

This house has limited hours, so be sure and check when it might be open. There are three rooms to see with interesting items in each. You cannot go upstairs due to a very steep... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015
Judy B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This house has limited hours, so be sure and check when it might be open. There are three rooms to see with interesting items in each. You cannot go upstairs due to a very steep staircase. It was originally right on Washington St. but was moved back when "those in the know" decided a Victorian house was more appropriate, so... More 

1 Thank Judy B
Sykesville, Maryland
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We got to visit Colonial House as it was opening at its new location and were very impressed with this introduction to pre-Victorian Cape May life. Thank you for preserving it!

Thank Dan S
SouthCentral Pensylvania
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87 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This was a really interesting place. We were there at night when most everything but the restaurant was shutting down, so I cannot provide info for "daytime" visits. It's well tended and visually pleasing. But it is not chock full of "things to do" so parents, be forewarned. If you love old things and history you will be happy to... More 

2 Thank StarryStarryNight
Toledo, Ohio
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

It is close to the walking mall but hidden behind a parking area. Well worth seeking out. Beautifuly restored. Should be moved to a more accessible place. We were able to park very near it.

1 Thank cookiemonster020
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The Colonial House was always a favorite stop of ours because we love history so much. It's a shame to see it closed up. The display changed every summer. It was fun!

1 Thank Meg B
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Talk about history in early Cape May and you must include Colonial House. Most of this style house burned to the ground because of the chimney that goes right through the middle for warmth.Loved the way it has kept the historical appearance and many items of the time period. Ask about the etching in the upstairs window on your next... More 

2 Thank Martha G
Cape May, New Jersey, United States
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a unique museum housed in a 1730 house. It may be small but it houses a lot of information about Cape May history

Thank Harry B
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Tiny home packed with history, our guide was most knowlegeable. Takes 20-30 minutes at most to tour.

2 Thank aljora
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2006

We had a problem finding this little colonial era building, but it was worth the time. It's located behind Alexander’s Restaurant on Washington Street. I've been coming to Cape May since I was born - yet, I had never heard anything about its history outside of the Victorian era. At the Colonial House which is run by the Greater Cape... More 

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