Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May

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Take a break from the beach by visiting Emlen Physick Estate, a Victorian house/museum designed by notable American architect Frank Furness. Constructed in 1879, the mansion contains 19 fully restored rooms, allowing visitors a peek into the lifestyle of an affluent Victorian family. Designed in the "Stick Style" of architecture--noted for its use of vertical beams on the outside walls--the mansion served as a primary residence for a local physician who was the owner of the first automobile in Cape May. The exterior of the house features oversized chimneys, hooded dormers, and stick-like porch brackets, considered Furness' trademarks. The estate includes a tearoom and gift shop. Check the website for information on a combination ticket that includes the house tour and a trolley ride through the Cape May historic district. Work out when and for how long to visit Emlen Physick Estate and other Cape May attractions using our handy Cape May trip planner.
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  • This tour is a "must do" for those interested in history and architecture. Our tour guide (John) was excellent - very knowledgeable. The tour takes in the first two floors of the house and ends at the...  more »
  • We took the Halloween/Mourning tour of the Physick Estate. I love history and architecture, but sadly I felt we got little of both. We were hustled through 5 rooms, (flash photos not allowed) and felt...  more »
  • Such an interesting tour of the home of this Dr. The museum personnel are very professional and knowledgeable. We were able to do a self-guided tour and linger at the rooms that interested us the most...  more »
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  • Gorgeous home. Amazing tour. Joyce was a very knowledgeable guide. Loved it! Well worth the trip.
  • So beautiful and such an amazing piece of history! They do tours of the inside but buy in advance to hold your spot! The house is HUGE. So much bigger than it looks in pictures plus the entire property holds other houses and pieces of history! It's amazing! A must see if you're in the area!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the Physick Estate. It was a step back in time like visiting the setting of some of my favorite novels. Our guide carefully described each room, its contents, and how they were used during the life of Emlen Physick, as well as the history of the estate following his death. I highly recommend this tour.
  • Informative relative to the architectural significance and Cape May history. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a genuine fondness for the property. Many original artifacts. Well paced tour.
  • The house is great our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The problem came in the way we were herded through. It was a large tour of 22 people so each room was full, the tour guide did his thing then rushed us to the next room. I personally go to museums to see the stuff displayed not to just hear the stories.

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Choosing where to stay on Cape May remains simple because most accommodations lie steps from Beach Avenue (which, as its name suggests, runs along the cape's stretch of sand). Even choosing your style of accommodation is uncomplicated--inns and bed and breakfasts situated inside Victorian houses encompass nearly the entire range of choices. You can opt for a cottage if you prefer self-service. Budget-wise you'll find the most options in the mid-range and higher end, but a few value-driven choices exist too. Book early if you plan to visit in summer.
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