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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  • September 30, 2017
    Don't know how else to describe it. What was good was learning about Victorian etiquette at the dinner table. Disappointing was that many items were not original to the family especially the antique t...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    We had a fun time attendee the murder mystery, the show was cute, the actors were entreating it was fun to be part of the show. enjoyed the show and exploring the house and grounds. we would do this a...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Visited on one of the evening trolley tours. Excellent guide with intriguing ghost stories and good factual background on the estate.  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Gorgeous home. Amazing tour. Joyce was a very knowledgeable guide. Loved it! Well worth the trip.
  • April 17, 2017
    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!
  • May 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 30, 2017
    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.
  • June 2, 2017
    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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