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Month: April 2015

House move on Beach Avenue

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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.

Information from Summer City by the Sea by Emil R. Salvini


Mystery Photo: The Chalfonte Hotel

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.

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Cape May offers a variety of historic accommodations, including Bed and Breakfast Inns, Guest Houses, and Historic Hotels.


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.

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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.)