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Address: Washington and Franklin Streets, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone Number: 609-884-9100
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Must See for History Buffs

If you're interested in historical residential architecture, it's worth it to check out this colonial era home. If you can get inside, even better. The place is often closed. It's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen T
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're interested in historical residential architecture, it's worth it to check out this colonial era home. If you can get inside, even better. The place is often closed. It's unfortunate that visitors are not allowed upstairs. The guides seem to be knowledgeable about Cape May history in general. At least one of the ladies has been a life-long resident... More 

Thank Karen T
Central New Jersey
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

This quaint and charming old house was a great surprise which we discovered during the Christmas Candlelight House Tours. Cape May is known for its Victorian architecture but this reminded me more of a bridge tenders house along the D&R Canal in Central New Jersey. Lots of history and informative, welcoming staff. Don't pass up the opportunity to see it... More 

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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 

2 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 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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 17, 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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