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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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  • The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts has done a wonderful restoration of this old mansion. I like the fact that every year there is a different theme to the house tours, so you get new information. Co...  more »
  • We have lived in the cape for over 40 years. This past March our family decided to take the bus & house tour. Wow did we learn a lot of historic information about Cape May. Definitely worthwhile. We h...  more »
  • The programs that Sue Gibson and her staff and volunteers coordinate and lead each day are so informative!!! Every time that I have held a conference in Cape May, I am always amazed by the different d...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very nice look into the past and how they lived. Everyone that works there can pretty much answer any questions you have about the mansion and the surrounding area.