Get to Know Cape May
I promise I will make this short and sweet since I know there is a big chance that World History might not have been your favorite subject in school, but the stories that make up this town are endless and definitely worth learning about. Even if just a little. So here’s a quick summary of how Cape May came to be the town we love.
Our first ever tourist, a Dutch explorer named Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, strolled through what was then Cape Island way back in 1673. Yep, that was a long, long time ago so it should give you an idea of how long this tiny town has been around. It was renamed Cape May, after Cornelius, in 1869 (still, a very long time ago). You probably think you’ve been through a lot in your lifetime, we all do, but this town has survived World Wars, major storms, floods, and a fire in 1878 that wiped out 30 blocks of homes, stores, restaurants and hotels.
Cape May is known for the gorgeous Victorian era architecture, clean beautiful beaches, fine dining, boutique shops, classy hotels and romantic B&B’s, commercial fishing, and most importantly, the small number of business chains, and large number of small businesses. Every year more and more exciting activities and events are created to keep our town relevant and exciting, and to keep you coming back to visit! Who knows, maybe I’ll get to run into you while you’re exploring – after all, it is a small town!