Iron Pier

Cape May’s Iron Pier, constructed in 1884 by the Phoenix Iron Company, extended over 1,000 feet over the ocean. Its 8,000 square-foot pavilion provided dancing space, with sport-fishing facilities on the lower level.

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Photographs: Source unknown. Information on the pier taken from Summer City by the Sea by Emil R. Salvini.

Mystery Photo: 429 Beach Avenue

Featured in yesterday’s mystery photo is 429 Beach Avenue.


The restaurants have gone by many names over the years: The first floor was once Gloria’s, and later Summers and Cheetah’s. It went by Shipwreck and Katie’s Irish Pub before taking its current name, Cabanas Beach Bar and Grille. Upstairs was called Maureen before it changed to Martini Beach, which was a popular bar and restaurant for the last decade. Last summer, Martini Beach was renamed M’Ocean. (And that’s not even an exhaustive list. Phew.)

Mystery Photo

Do you recognize this green and white building that sits on Beach Avenue? It houses a different restaurant and bar on its first and second floors.


Leave your guess in the comments. We’ll reveal the answer tomorrow.

411 Washington Street


Seagars, at 411 Washington Street, and Brown’s Millinery and Dry Goods. This is the block where Beach Bums and Casale’s stand today. Based on the car out front, we estimate this photograph is approximately 90 years old.

Mystery Photo: A Place on Earth


The rocket ship in yesterday’s mystery photo sits out front of A Place on Earth, a soap shop on the Washington Street Mall. Their soaps are hand made right here in Cape May.

And they’re not the only local business stirring up their own soaps! In addition to A Place on Earth, you can find local handmade soaps for sale at Green Street Market, Cape May Organic Market, West Cape May Farmer’s market, and Blue Eden in Stone Harbor. You can read about three local woman who have turned soap making into a living in the Spring 2015 issue of Cape May Magazine.