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“Not worth the time or money”

Historic Cold Spring Village
Ranked #15 of 60 things to do in Cape May
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Owner description: Historic Cold Spring Village (HCSV) is a open air living history museum that invites all visitors to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration in the exploration of southern New Jersey's past. It is a nonprofit, educational museum that is open during the spring-summer season. The centerpiece of the museum is a re-created rural Southern New Jersey town of the "home spun era" set on more than 30 acres. The Village will open for the 2017 season June 27th. We will kick off our special weekend events on June 17th!
Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Not worth the time or money”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Returned after about a 5 year absence. There is really nothing there. Some old houses and a few animals. I guess OK for grammar school class trips. Expensive entrance fee. Snack areas some closed. Restaurant has changed hands just about every year. IMHO rainy day would be worse as is almost all outside. It is ashamed that this area that gets State grants has not achieved what I think was a good initial vision. Really disappointed with the current experience

Visited July 2013
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6 Thank enjoytravelnj
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Kate D, Public Relations Manager at Historic Cold Spring Village, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear enjoytravelnj,

Thank you for pointing out for other TripAdvisor users that there are some old houses at Historic Cold Spring Village. The heart of the Village truly is its twenty-six restored historic structures that offer testament to the rich history of Cape May County. Over the course of four decades, Village staff saved from demolition and restored at least one building from each of the County’s mainland municipalities. The twenty-six buildings and thirty acres on which they sit make HCSV the largest living history museum in the state!

And thank you for suggesting that we might be an important resource for schools. In fact, we welcome over three thousand area school children on field trips each year (in addition to the many more we reach via distance learning programs and an in-class presentations). During field trips, the museum’s interpretive staff presents the trades and crafts of Early America to visiting students. Children, teachers, and chaperones experience first-hand the skills of the blacksmith, woodwright, potter, basket weaver and more! Kudos to us, I guess!

You’re right, we did welcome a new operator at the Village restaurant this year- and we couldn’t be happier! With farm-to-table, freshly made food, a stop at the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant is a great addition to a Village visit. If you didn’t make it in for lunch this summer, the same operators will be back next year.

And thanks for not forgetting our four-legged friends. The calf, pigs, hens and sheep are an important way we add character to our historic village (what rural community in the Early American period would have existed without them?!), but our favorite has to be Levi, the Village horse. He takes guests on FREE carriage rides around the Village on weekdays all summer long. A trip to the Village wouldn’t be the same without him!

And yes- we do receive State funding, and we are proud to say it! Our staff undertakes the daunting task of submitting hundreds of pages in grant applications each year, and ensuring that the programs we receive funding for are run effectively and efficiently. We certainly wouldn’t receive the funding if our grantors didn’t believe we deserve it (they check up on us too, with interim reports, final reports, and site visits). And we get grants year after year!

And finally, once again you are correct- we do have to charge admission. Afterall, our highly skilled and educated interpretive staff- from the blacksmith and tinsmith to the tavern keeper and schoolmistress- won’t work for free! The animals need to eat, the buildings (4 of which are on the National Register) need maintenance, and the musicians we hire for special events (like our Annual Celtic Fest) need to get paid. As much as we would like it, grants (see above) don’t cover it all! But is $10/adult and $8/child that expensive? Well compared to a trip to the movies, round of putt-putt, or a cocktail when you’re out on the town, we don’t think so. I guess we are lucky that enough people agree with us!

Sincerely,
Kate at HCSV
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Westfield
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is WELL worth the visit. A few miles outside of Cape May. An old village, similar to Williamsburg, VA or Sturbridge Village, MA. Houses from the 1600s, with people dressed in period garb, a great place to walk around and see & hear what life was like centuries ago. They have lots for the kids to see, like a blacksmith, bookbinder, potter, basket weaver, printer, hotel, etc. Great for middle-school age. You need 3-4 hours at least, but well worth the time, enjoyable and educational.

Visited July 2013
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2 Thank LAT681
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Millville, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“NOT FAIR!!!”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

My family and I visited this weekend and came in the back side, unaware there was a front entrance to the restaurant. We arrive around 3:30 PM and paid 40 dollars to get in, totally uaware that the village shuts down at 4:30, AND WAS NEVER TOLD WHEN WE ENTERED. I had asked where to get something to eat and I was told straight back at the Grange so we went right there because we hadnt eaten anything. We went in and had a full course meal only to come out and everything had shut down. What dd we pay for we never went into anything at all, the geneneral store was close the ice cream store was close. Even the little school house and other exhibits were shut down. I feel as thought we lost out on everything. I think we should have been told they were shuting down in an hour and had some sort of discount for entry fee; or told it we were going eat to go around to the front entrance to eat so we didnt pay for nothing. My first visit and the last. Just not fair!

Visited September 2013
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7 Thank andreg445
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Kate D, Public Relations Manager at Historic Cold Spring Village, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Andreg445,

I am very sorry to hear about this. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We do in fact offer a discounted admission after 3pm and I would be surprised if you were charged full price. (I wonder if you were given the discounted price and simply weren't told?) It is standard practice for our gate staff to make guests aware of the time frame for special activities when they enter late in the day. Operating hours are posted in all of our advertisements, on our site, on materials at the gatehouses, and in printed publications too. I'm sorry that you missed that information and that it was not presented clearly to you at the gate. Please send an email to kdevaney@hcsv.org with more information about the date and time of your visit as well as a copy of your receipt or other payment information so that I can try and make this right. This is most certainly not the experience we aim to offer our guests and I do hope that we can get you back in for a visit.

Kate
HCSV
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Millville, New Jersey, United States
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“Great Summer time place”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

This is a great place to go with the kids, from train rides to homemade ice cream, and then there is so much to do. The kids absolutely love it

Visited November 2012
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Thank Barbra A
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Swedesboro, New Jersey, United States
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70 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fun for any age!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Charming historic setting just out side of the Center of Cape May. well worth the trip..
Great place to walk around but I would take the hourse and wagon ride first. Plenty of volunteers to make you feel welcome. If you get your timimng down right you can even enjoy some 1700's cooking!!

Visited August 2013
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Thank gwedwards111
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