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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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  • I was in total awe of this mansion and the museum guide who portrayed the" lady of the house" getting ready to host holiday guests for dinner. 
  • Beautiful Victorian. We took a tour a few days after Christmas where the tour guide was in character, pretending to be Dr. Physick's sister who lived in the house around 1900. Interesting and fun! 
  • The Emlen Physik Estate Tour with the Victorian Christmas theme was very disappointing. I knew the tour was only the first floor. Leaving to wonder why there was a lack of decorations. A Victorian Era...  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.