The Stephen Smith house has stood at 645 Lafayette Street for nearly 170 years. Maybe you’ve walked past it. Maybe you’ve read the plaque out front that offers a brief summary of Smith’s life. But you might not realize that he was a key figure in the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad. Smith was born into… Read more »
Even for people who have been in Cape May for generations, the Cape May of just 50 years ago is a real juxtaposition with today’s town.
In 1905, a young struggling entrepreneur by the name of Henry Ford and the dashing Louis Chevrolet came to Cape May, vying for the right to claim the fastest automotive machine.
When you’re 130 years old, you start showing your age. Your petticoat starts to droop a wee bit. Your lower regions begin to creak and your parts start to sag a little. But if you’ve got spirit, you adopt the Fred Astaire /Ginger Rogers approach to life. “You pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. And… Read more »
An unflinching sentry awaits new orders. Through sixty-plus years of scorching sun and biting wind, the lone sentry remains on post – the final relic of a once-massive coastal defense system that guarded a vital American waterway. Standing half-forgotten on a scrub-covered parcel of beachfront, the concrete guardian now awaits a new set of orders.… Read more »