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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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  • We were unable to go inside the actual home, but did walk around the house and gift shop. Very interesting and informative regarding the era. Liked the old working car, and the old sleigh. Staff were ...  more »
  • It was such a joy to finally get a chance to tour the Physick Estate. The restoration efforts on this beautiful home are amazing and our tour guide was knowledgeable and humorous!  more »
  • Went here for the Christmas tour with the kids, and we all loved it. It takes you back in time to what it was like in the old days. What Christmas was like back then. Very educational and the kids and...  more »
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  • Afternoon Tea. Delightful afternoon. Small portions and I had arrived hungry. I loved my dessert. Would definitely go again
  • Take the tour it was excellent. They do something year round. Halloween was even awesome.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful Victorian home tour guide extremely knowledgeable and fun
  • Well kept mansion with many interesting stories about Dr. Physick and his family. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative.