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Historical Markers in Cape May, New Jersey

 
Clickable Map of Cape May County, New Jersey and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Cape May County, NJ (170) Atlantic County, NJ (276) Cumberland County, NJ (85) Kent County, DE (250) Sussex County, DE (421)  CapeMayCounty(170) Cape May County (170)  AtlanticCounty(276) Atlantic County (276)  CumberlandCounty(85) Cumberland County (85)  KentCountyDelaware(250) Kent County (250)  SussexCounty(421) Sussex County (421)
Cape May is the county seat for Cape May County
Cape May is in Cape May County
      Cape May County (170)  
ADJACENT TO CAPE MAY COUNTY
      Atlantic County (276)  
      Cumberland County (85)  
      Kent County, Delaware (250)  
      Sussex County, Delaware (421)  
 
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1New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — "The Visitor's Church"
This building erected by the Cape Island Presbyterian Church dedicated July 17, 1853. The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church moved to its present site at Decatur and Hughes Streets May 21, 1899. The Episcopal Church of the Advent . . . Map (db m209337) HM
2New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — 611 Jefferson Street — Circa 1892
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m206390) HM
3New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — 5 — Business District — Cape May's African American Heritage
This area once contained the greatest number of African American owned businesses. In the 1920s, African Americans were 30% of Cape May's total population. Call to hear more about the business district.Map (db m209338) HM
4New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Cape May County Fishermans Memorial
Dedicated to fishermen lost at sea, 1988 He hushed the storm to a gentle breeze and the billows of the seas were stilled.Map (db m22001) HM
5New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — City of Cape May — Incorporated 1857
The nation's oldest seashore resortMap (db m191034) HM
6New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — City of Cape May, New Jersey
National Historic Landmark. Nation's oldest seashore resort. Proud Coast Guard community.Map (db m206388) HM
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7New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — 1 — Civic & Education Center — Cape May's African American Heritage
This neighborhood was the social and educational hub for the African American community, which included segregated public schools and AME, Methodist, and Baptist churches. Call to hear about this street.Map (db m206395) HM
8New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Edgar Arthur Draper — 1886 – 1956 — Physician in Cape May for 40 Years —
          Born in Philadelphia May 12, 1886. Graduated Central High School 1906. Same year entered University of Pennsylvania in pre-medical studies. Accepted in Medical School of this University in 1908. Received degree of Doctor of Medicine in . . . Map (db m46316) HM
9New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Edwin Joseph Hill, CMH — 1895 – 1941 — World War II Hero —
          Born Philadelphia, October 4, 1895, enlisted U.S. Navy 1912, served World War I U.S.S. Melville; later on U.S.S. Saratoga, Yorktown, Reina, Mercedes, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Instructor in seamanship U.S. Naval Academy 1922-24. . . . Map (db m75293) HM
10New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Henry Washington Sawyer — 1830 – 1893 — Civil War Hero —
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania May 16, 1830. Moved to Cape May (then Cape Island) in 1848 as carpenter and builder. In 1861 one of first enlisted from Cape May and assigned as 2nd Lt. of Special Guard at the capitol in Washington. Commissioned 2nd . . . Map (db m10812) HM
11New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Lt. Richard Wickes
In memory of Lt. Richard Wickes who died June 29, 1776 in an engagement near Cape May •       •       • Lt. Wickes was one of the first naval casualties of the American Revolution •       •       • Dedicated June 26, 1976 by Harry Snyder . . . Map (db m46259) HM
12New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Swain
This flag and flag pole installation is dedicated to the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Swain Founders Swain's Hardware Store 1896Map (db m209343) HM
13New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — 7 — New Cape May Hotel — Cape May's African American Heritage
This building is the last of five hotels that were owned by African Americans. Due to the practice of segregation, hotels operated specifically for African Americans. Call to hear more about this hotel and segregation.Map (db m209345) HM
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14New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — 2 — Notable African Americans — Cape May's African American Heritage
On this street lived African Americans who were key figures in Cape May. Hattie Major lived in this house and operated a laundry business. Call to hear about her neighbors.Map (db m209332) HM
15New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — 6 — Opera House & The Jackson St. USO Club — Cape May's African American Heritage
Here once stood the Opera House, the cultural center for the African American community. During World War II it served as The Jackson Street USO Club for blacks. Call to hear about the events in this building.Map (db m209341) HM
16New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — 4 — Opra Huff's Bakery, 1950s — Cape May's African American Heritage
Opra Huff operated her bakery out of this building. It is one of the few buildings that was not demolished during urban renewal in the 1960s. Call to hear more about this time period.Map (db m209335) HM
17New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Original Fire Hydrant
In service Madison & Washington Sts. Circa 1875Map (db m206391) HM
18New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Our Lady Star of the Sea Church
Our Lady Star of the Sea Church - 1911 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior (Old St. Mary)Map (db m191036) HM
19New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Roland E. White — 1900 - 1976 — Father of the Mall —
This attractive mall is dedicated to and named for the man whose vision, commitment, determination and extraordinary civic pride were to an immeasurable degree responsible for its completion in 1971. The Washington Street Mall, a priceless . . . Map (db m206387) HM
20New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — S. S. Cape May
Ship’s Bell from S. S. Cape May Built 1943                  Retired 1969 Length 417’9”     Beam 60’ Draft 27’6”     Crew 49 Presented to the city by U. S. Maritime Administration in 1974 Served in European war zone in World War II Later served . . . Map (db m15600) HM
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21New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — 3 — Stephen Smith's Summer House, 1846 — Cape May's African American Heritage
Stephen Smith (1795-1873), a freed slave, was an abolitionist, industrialist, and philanthropist who played a key role in the Underground Railroad. Call to hear more about Rev. Smith and how his home was saved.Map (db m206397) HM
22New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The Cape May Meeting of the Joint Commission on Unity Memorial
In commemoration of the Cape May Meeting of the Joint Commission on Unity of the Northern and Southern Branches of Methodism in America held August 17-23, 1876 in which were taken the first significant steps toward the reunion of The . . . Map (db m191082) HM
23New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The Chalfonte Hotel — 1876
National Historic LandmarkMap (db m206386) HM
24New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The Cherry House
The Cherry House was built in 1849 by Lemuel Leaming, member of the pioneer Leaming family, noted for its development of Cape May County. In the late 1850s it was the home of James Mecray first burgess of Cape Island which in 1875 officially . . . Map (db m206389) HM
25New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The Franklin Street School
The Franklin Street School is a contributing building in the Cape May National Register Historic District for its significance to local African American history. Designed by Edwards and Green of Philadelphia and Camden in the Colonial . . . Map (db m206393) HM
26New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The Space Shuttle Tree
On April 4, 1997, the Space Shuttle Columbia was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The 4 day mission orbited the earth 63 times, traveling a total of 1.5 million miles. Astronaut Gregory Linteris, a New Jersey native, took . . . Map (db m191081) HM
27New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The Stephen Smith House
Built as a summer home in 1846 by Stephen Smith (1797?-1873) of Philadelphia. Afro-American businessman, philanthopist, clergyman, and abolitionist, Smith founded Cape May's A.M.E. Church.Map (db m206396) HM
 
 
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Dec. 10, 2022