Victorians & Menhadens – Cape May, New Jersey

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Cape May is at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, separated from the mainland by a narrow channel. In 1878 a fire destroyed 40 acres of homes. So, the buildings were rebuilt in the Victorian style contributing to the charm of the town and attracting many tourists. In 1976 Cape May was declared a National Historic Landmark City.

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Menhaden fishing boat rigging.

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Anchor for sale.

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Let’s get together.

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The Virginian hotel.

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And one cat….

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Menhaden fishing boats.

–Samantha Mozart

12 Responses to Victorians & Menhadens – Cape May, New Jersey

  1. Karen says:

    Cape May looks really lovely. So charming and with such a distinctive style. I would love to visit someday.

    • sammozart says:

      It is lovely, Karen. A charming place to visit.

      Thanks for coming by and visiting my blog. 🙂


  2. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Awesome pictures and what a GLORIOUS area!! I so love the beauty and the history of your area. Thank you for sharing. I truly think you should send these to travel magazines.

    • sammozart says:

      Well, I could send these photos to travel magazines, but the photos are old, not digital and, besides, the magazine would pay very little. I have actually tried selling my photos through a third party, a photo agency. It doesn’t pay. I’d rather retain the rights and write current stories with current photos for travel magazines or newspaper features. And, then, all five people who still read print could enjoy my travel photojournalism. I do make photo note cards that I sell in packs of 12 for $25.00: my Mustard Lane Note Cards. But, these days most people simply email.

      I agree, Gwynn — Glorious. I think that’s what the Victorians were thinking when they designed their architecture — Glorious! I can hear Emerson, Thoreau and Muir now. 🙂

  3. Pat Garcia says:

    if you were to go to Poole or to Brighton or to York, you would believe you are in Cape May. I am amazed at how much British Culture still influences some parts of the United States. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

    • sammozart says:

      Interesting, Patti. Thanks for giving me that picture of England. I would like to visit there. The older I get the more I realize what a relatively short time ago it was that the early settlers arrived here from England; and by the Victorian period, the harnessing of steam power enabled people to travel all over the world rather quickly and comfortably, so they could sail to England, say, and see this new style of gingerbread architecture with long windows and high ceilings and fancy colors and say, “I will build one of those for myself when I get home.” You probably know all this. There are people I’ve met here in Delaware who tell me stories of their English and Dutch ancestors who lived here in the 1600s. The British beat the Dutch in various dustups, and that British culture remains strong, from Georgia to Maine.

      What I found really interesting when we moved to California was meeting Mexican Americans whose families had lived there since California was part of Mexico. What classy people they are. And, fortunately for us, they opened a lot of Mexican restaurants. 🙂


  4. The images are so beautiful. It makes me want to visit it sometime.
    Thank you for sharing and have a great last week of the challenge. 🙂
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    • sammozart says:

      Thank you, Ramya. Maybe you will visit Cape May sometime. It’s quite a lovely, relaxing place.

      Thanks for coming by. And, I hope you enjoy this final week of the A-Z Challenge.

  5. susan scott says:

    Those are the prettiest pictures I ever did see Samantha thank you! Those Victorians knew a thing or three about charm.

    • sammozart says:

      They did, Susan. The Victorians were smart in a lot of ways — constructed their buildings intelligently and with a spiritual aspect, with lots of light and reaching upwards to the heavens. It’s a shame we have foregone much that the Victorians have given us.

  6. Gulara says:

    Stunning photos and a fascinating place. Thank you for showing us around.

    • sammozart says:

      Yes, it’s a photogenic town and a pleasant place to visit or vacation, Gulara. Thanks for coming by. Nice to meet you on the A-Zs.