The Lafayette Hotel cottages were originally named the Weightman Cottage. It stood at Franklin and Washington Streets, the current site of the Cape May Post Office. It was constructed for Philadelphian chemist William Weightman, Sr. and moved to Ocean and Beach Avenue in 1881. It operates today as Angel of the Sea Bed and Breakfast.… Read more »
The Chalfonte Hotel has been in continuous operation since 1876. This year, it celebrates its 139th season. The hotel was built and established by Civil War Union Colonel Henry Sawyer and features Southern-style cuisine in its house restaurant, The Magnolia Room. Cape May offers a variety of historic accommodations, including Bed and Breakfast Inns, Guest… Read more »
What hotel was established in 1876 and is recognized as the oldest continually operating hotel on the East Coast? Leave your guess in the comments. We’ll reveal the answer tomorrow.
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. Photographs: Source unknown. Information on the pier taken from Summer City by the Sea by Emil R. Salvini.
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… Read more »
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.
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.
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… Read more »
This rocket ship sits atop what store’s sign on the Washington Street Mall? Leave your guess in the comments. We’ll reveal the answer tomorrow.
The Cape May Daily Wave office stood at 512 Washington Street (where Kohr Bros and Coldwell Banker are today). According to the Library of Congress, the Daily Wave published from July 1865 to 1907, under publisher C.S. Magrath. [source]