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Exterior of the Franklin Street School

The Franklin Street School renovation project receives federal grant

We have some good news to share amid the world chaos: Earlier this month, the Franklin Street School renovation project received a $500,000 grant from the African American Civil Rights Grant Program. The program is funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, which is administered by the National Park Service. Franklin Street School is one of… Read more »


Take a virtual tour of the Emlen Physick Estate and Cape May lighthouse

You might not be able to walk through the Physick Estate or make the climb up the lighthouse right now, but Cape May MAC has released new videos that let you experience both from home. Tour the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate Led by Cape May MAC interpretor Jon Vile Climb the 1859 Cape May lighthouse… Read more »


National Park Service accepts the Stephen Smith House into Network to Freedom

Since I first wrote about the Stephen Smith House for Cape May Magazine (Fall 2015), word has spread that the unassuming yellow clapboard house on Lafayette and Franklin Streets was the summer home of one of the foremost leaders of the Underground Railroad. Since then, thousands have taken MAC’s Underground Railroad Trolley Tour, which I… Read more »


A look inside the future home of the Harriet Tubman Museum

You’ve probably driven past the Howell House at 632 Lafayette Street and never noticed it. For years, the decaying and vacant parsonage of the Macedonia Baptist Church waited behind a chain-link fence. But in 2020, the house will begin its new life as the home of the Harriet Tubman Museum. First some history.  The Howell… Read more »