Discover Cape May County’s history and have fun doing it!
The Avalon Free Public Library & History Center
The Avalon Free Public Library and History Center, formerly the Avalon Museum, serves as an informational and cultural Gateway to Avalon for all residents and visitors. The History Center visitors will explore Avalon’s part, present, and future in visually exciting, intellectually accessible, and emotionally evocative exhibits and public programs. Also in the making are a circulating book collection, computer work stations, and patron access to Geneology.com.
Contact our Director / Curator, Joseph Angemi, Jr. at 609-957-0090 or by email with any questions or concerns.
Cape May Lighthouse / Lake Lily
The Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park was built in 1859. It is said to be the 2nd oldest continually operating lighthouse in the United States. The Lighthouse and Lake Lily are located at:
County Route 629 and Lehigh Avenue
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
The Doo Wop Museum is home to memorabilia celebrating the Wildwoods rock and roll history. Numerous motels showcase the Doo Wop architecture of the early 1950’s and 60’s. Doo Wop Museum is located at:
Montgomery and Ocean Avenues
Wildwood, NJ 08260
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and Museum served sailors from 1874 to 1964. It’s Victorian design made a comfortable home for the Lighthouse keeper and his family. It functions as a museum with a gift shop, award-winning gardens and offers tours all year long. It is listed on the State and National Historic Registers. The Lighthouse is located at:
111 N Central Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Historic Cold Spring Village Historic Cold Spring Village is an Early American living history museum. The 1800s come to life when you visit 26 restored, historic buildings on a 30-acre site where interpreters in period clothing demonstrate blacksmithing, woodworking, printing, broom making, pottery, tinsmithing, basket weaving and open hearth cooking. The Village is also home to an organic farm complete with a horse, chicken, sheep and more! In addition to the craft buildings, visitors will find the Country Store, Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. The Welcome Center, located at the Route 9 entrance of Historic Cold Spring Village is a good starting point for the visitor.
Special events are held every weekend from early June through mid-September. Visitors can also enjoy special weekday family activities including take-home crafts, historic games, dress up, and free horse-drawn carriage rides. The Village is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from late June through Labor Day Weekend and select weekends in the spring and fall.” The Village is located 3 miles north of Cape May City at:
720 Route 9
Cold Spring, NJ 08204
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
Operates the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, including the Carriage House Gallery and the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located at Cape May Point. Mid-Atlantic Center (MAC) sponsors the annual Cape May Music Festival in June and a year round schedule of walking and trolley tours of Cape May's Historic District, as well as house tours, living history programs and workshops and lectures dedicated to the Victorian lifestyle. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts is located at:
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ
Stone Harbor Museum
The Stone Harbor Museum opened in 1999, a collection of archival material and displays bring the past into the present. Trained volunteer docents welcome and guide visitors through the museum. The museum is located at:
235 93rd Street
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
American Legion / Lifesaving Station
Home to Stephen C. Ludlam Post 331. Our Post meeting site was built in 1895 as a U.S. Life Saving Station. It sits on the original site of the Tatham's Life Saving Station that dates back to the 1840's. We have created a museum on the life saving service and a military museum containing artifacts from WWII to present day. The Post is named in memory of Cape May County son Stephen C. Ludlam who died heroically at age 19 in the Battle of the Bulge. The Lifesaving Station is located at:
NW corner of 117th Street and Second Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247