Photo Album Eleven:

Victorian Glory of Cape May

In July of 1998, Carl and I drove to Cape May, which is at the very bottom tip of New Jersey. It took me over 20 years to get there from the time I first heard of it.  My friend, Dolores, the one who taught me how to do the tissue paper paintings, used to go there in the 70's and take photographs from which she would do watercolors. Then when I had a subscription to Victoria magazine, very often in its back pages there would be an ad for this marvelous bed & breakfast in Cape May called "The Angel of the Sea".  I really wanted some day to go there to see all the marvelous houses Dolores had photographed and, especially, the huge Angel of the Sea. The photographs below are ones I took during two afternoons afoot in Cape May. July was a perfect month to be there as the gardens were full abloom with hydrangeas, coneflowers, roses, lythrum, phlox, lilies and so much more. There are certain places wherein to be afoot with a camera and lots of film is nigh unto heavenly...this was one. I did find myself wishing, though, the electric wires were below ground as I didn't like them in my pictures. Cape May was a resort town for folks in Victorian era New York City and Philadelphia to come down during the summers. The houses are all very well cared for and nearly every one has some sort of a garden.

 

Following is a series of pictures of The Merry Widow, a B&B I found appealing.

 

Below is a series of pictures of The Pink House, which has a lovely gift shop on its first floor, filled with Victorian hats and dresses and flower arrangements.

 

 

 

This place above at first looked more modern, but dates from the same time as the houses and has little shops and museums and meeting areas through it.

 

All the ones from here on are of the Angel of the Sea, which is a bit further down the beach away from the main part of town. It used to be one enormous house and when they decided they wanted to move it closer to the sea, they chopped it in half and moved it in two huge sections, keeping them separate at the new location, joined by a porch-like walkway. It was even moved a second time, this time the two sections set at angles. The history of that plus more information and interior pictures may be found at:

http://www.angelofthesea.com/index.htm

 

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