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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. With our international travel planner, Cape May attractions like Emlen Physick Estate can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • You can take a 15 minute walk or take the trolley, but you must visit this gem from the Victorian era. Our guide was very informative and humorous.. 
  • I'm sure this is a lovely property. However I was there for the October 2016 Victorian Weekend. The estate was hosting the Victorian Arts and Crafts show that Sunday. The day was windy and rainy. Sinc...  read more »
  • This is a vey cool exhibit -- John our guide was very knowledgable about the Physick Estate and the family that lived there--- it was toured well and the history and home has many of the original furn...  read more »
  • Beautiful Victorian home tour guide extremely knowledgeable and fun
  • We toured the house this past week-end and had the Holiday version with character reenactment. The focus was on the Christmas decorations and daily entertaining as opposed to architecture, history and furnishings. The Physick tour was more social studies rather than history based and would better serve children at the elementary school age level. Additionally, the social aspect of that time period and socio economic group is not very different than current day or interesting.
  • Well kept mansion with many interesting stories about Dr. Physick and his family. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative.
  • Great property. Very well-kept grounds
  • Well worth the visit! Lots of antiques and interesting wall coverings.
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