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Historical Interest

History isn't boring in Southern New Jersey with living history attractions and gift shops that provide a glance into the world of yesteryear. In Cape May County, Historic Cold Spring Village is a 19th century open-air museum in Cape May where costumed interpreters bring the crafts, sights, sounds, and aroma of the Age of Homespun to life and a must for your vacation itinerary.

History at NJ’s Southern Shore spans more than three centuries including Colonial, Federalist, Victorian, Edwardian, Moderne, Doo Wop and more, the buildings, historic sites, villages and even antique shops document the role that this area has played from the earliest days of our country. Area museums provide a wealth of information about local history and are sometimes staffed by "locals" who trace their family tree for generations.

The rich maritime history of NJ’s Southern Shore comes to life with renovated and restored attractions at NJ’s Southern Shore. Lighthouses that once guided mariners welcome visitors in Cape May, North Wildwood and East Point. The A.J. MEERWALD, a schooner from the glory days of oystering in Cumberland County, now sails the bay and oceanfront as New Jersey's official Tall Ship with a story to tell and a history to preserve.

Trolley tours, walking tours and a host of special events give voice to the Victorian era of excess in architecture, dress and social customs. Historic cemeteries bear silent witness to the perils of war, the sea and pestilence.  Airports and vintage planes speak to military heroism and history; Doo Wop to a post World War II world filled with peace and prosperity that gave rise to rock and roll, neon, tail fins and family vacations at NJ’s Southern Shore.


Bridgeton Antiquarian League and Historical Society 
Bridgeton is a history-laden city with homes, taverns and churches that were in existence over 300 years ago and still in use today. Bridgeton includes New Jersey's largest historic district, with over 2,200 homes and buildings on the National Historic Register... Read more...

Historic Cold Spring Village
An Early American open-air living history museum. The Village brings to life the day-to-day activities of villagers living in South Jersey during the “age of homespun” (1790-1840). Visitors can make a personal connection between the past and present through the interactive, educational, and hands-on family activities... Read more...

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities 
No trip to Cape May is complete without a stop at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC). Formed in 1970 to save the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate from the wrecking ball, MAC now operates the 18-room restored mansion as Cape May's only Victorian house museum. MAC also restored and operates the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse where visitors can climb the 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking... Read more...

Millville Army Airfield Museum 
The Millville Army Air Field Museum preserves U.S. military aviation history, including the recent Middle East conflict. Museum programs and tours focus on education about Millville's vital role in aviation history and the history of the P-47 Thunderbolt. The museum is a federal nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1983, and incorporated by the State of New Jersey in 1988... Read more...

The Museum of Cape May County 
The Museum of Cape May County houses more than 500 years of county history. They are the Jersey Cape’s premier history destination... Read more...

Naval Air Station Aviation Museum
Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum is a non-profit museum located at the Cape May Airport inside historic Hangar #1. Commissioned in April 1943, NASW served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility during World War II. Today, Hangar #1 has been restored and transformed into an Aviation Museum that houses a number of aircraft, engines, special exhibits, and educational interactive displays inviting visitors to explore aviation, New Jersey, military and WWII history through “hands-on,” fun and educational activities for the entire family! Open rain or shine! Read more...