county records indicate that the first mention of the county seal was on February 6, 1838, when the Board of Freeholders asked Jeremiah Leaming to make a seal for the county. There is no description of what type of seal it was or what it looked like. A county seal was not mentioned again in records until May 7, 1872, when the Director of the Board of Freeholders, Dr. Alexander Young, suggested that a new county seal be made as the old 1 was poorly made and should be destroyed. There was no description given of the appearance of this seal either.
On March 16, 1927, Freeholder Director Joseph G. Champion presented a
design for an official county seal to the Board of Freeholders. The
design had been made by architects Edwards and Green of Philadelphia.
Champion wished to have the design installed in the floor of the new
court house building on Main Street in Cape May Court House. The design
was accepted and on May 1, 1927, this design became the official seal of
Cape May County.
The boat is believed to represent the Half Moon, the ship of Henry
Hudson, who discovered the cape and claimed it for the Dutch. The
compass arrow indicates the position of the county. The symbols around
the edge represent fish or whales which, along with the anchor,
represent the county’s maritime commerce. The bee hive on the right is
thought to represent county industry. The stack of books on the left
represents learning or education. The cornucopia between the fish
represents the agricultural bounty of the county. The last symbol at the
bottom of the seal is a mystery symbol. No one seems to know what this
symbol stands for.