Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May County


Cape May is a facility located in the south of the U.S. state of New Jersey on the east coast of the USA in Cape May County town. In 2000, the city had 4,034 year-round residents. In addition, living in the resort during the holiday periods up to approximately 100,000 tourists.

Location and History

Cape May is at the extreme southern tip of Cape May Peninsula ( peninsula ) between the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and is the southernmost city of New Jersey. The city was founded in 1620 by the Dutch Captain Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, making it one of the oldest settlements of European settlers on the east coast of the USA. Since the 18th century, Cape May made ​​among wealthy citizens of New York and Philadelphia, a name as an attractive summer resort. Above all, why you are in Cape May proud of the official motto of The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort ( " The oldest beach resort of the Nation" ). Since its beginnings as a resort of summer visitors began well, located in Cape May to build their own houses, many of which have lasted until today (see below).


The main attraction of the place is in addition to the outstanding beaches certainly the large number of Victorian mansions of the 19th century. As the tourist interest of the citizens since the railway and especially at the beginning of the 20th century, further south, for example, to Florida, moved, most of the villas were built predominantly of wood not replaced by more lucrative new buildings over time, but survived to our time. A hallmark of the villas just in Cape May it was the pastel- colored paint of most homes. Due to the district unusually well-preserved Cape May was recognized in 1976 as a National Historic Landmark in the United States.

Cape May is also since 1924 the seat of the only training center of the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard.

Economy and Transport

Far the most important industry is tourism. In addition, are still fishing and sport fishing is important. There is also near a small wine -growing region, whose products are sold in the wine shops of the village. In the numerous bakeries and pastry shops in Cape May work in the high season many German experts to help out.

From Cape May from there is a ferry across the Delaware Bay to Lewes in Delaware.

Sons and daughters of the town


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Town Hall Cape May

Fire Station

Pictures of Cape May, New Jersey