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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  • The house was decorated for Christmas inside and out. Visit the Tea Room, which they had Dickens Christmas village.  more »
  • awesome place. you an learn alot here.. well worth spending a half a day here.. extra shows on most summer weekends  more »
  • Toured here years ago, and while caught up in the charming architecture, had to remind myself NOT to romanticize this period of time or this lovely Victorian seaside town. Only those with maids could ...  more »
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  • Personally, I thought the tour was a bit boring, but the staff were very knowledgeable, and I love what the MAC organization did for Cape May. I enjoyed the trolley ride more than the house tour, personally. MAC membership is a good idea. If you do the trolley ride, house tour and visit the light house, the membership essentially pays for itself. If you have a family member in the coast guard academy, be sure to stop in before or after graduation. They love coast guards!
  • Excellent place to get a feel for the gilded life styles of affluent in the Victorian Era. The displays are beautiful and yearly consistent. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The era doesn't change and neither do the displays but there is so much to see and learn, you will learn something new each time you visit.
  • I always love visiting this old preserved estate. At Christmas, it is decorated with lights. I would highly recommend the House tour and the tea shop. I drive by the historic Victorian mansion whenever I am in Cape May, and I like to include it as a destination in my walks and bike rides.
  • Beautiful display inside the carriage house (also gift shop) with a Christmas tree and train platform. My parents have a MAC grandparents' membership so we also took a trolley ride and I was the only one who had to pay. My littles loved it! And, if they're happy, mama's happy.
  • Cool house. I wish we got to see the whole house. Also I wish they talked about how it's haunted. No word was mentioned. We took pictures of every room to see if we would find something looking back at them... we found a green orb in the master bathroom. That was awesome! Please share if anyone else experienced anything seeing this house
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