Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
This historic site is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
I have visited the Physick Estate for a third time, twice for the Christmas decorations and it is an interesting place. The whole house is decorated with garland and trees done with a Victorian theme.
The house is set up for Christmas Day and their are actors portraying the Physick family before the holidays. They explain why the house is set up the way it is and who will be coming for dinner. All the rooms are decorated which would not happen in a normal Victorian home but they society shows how each room would have looked.
You can see the bedrooms with clothes and accessories, the game room with the billiards and work out objects and the living room, dining room and music room and library. It is how a proper Victorian home was set up at a time when families wanted privacy.
The formal dining room was set for Christmas Dinner and you get to see the kitchen and where everything was prepared for the family. It gives you a better perspective of how the Victorians lived at that time and they entertained.
The only problem was that the home was decorated the same way both years so you don’t see anything different.
During the regular part of the year after the holidays, the house is set for tours on Victorian living and you get a feel of how upper middle class and wealthy families must have lived at the time.
During the warmer months, they have a cafe and an afternoon tea for visitors to the home and more outdoor activities.
The Mansion’s Publicity Pamphlet:
Celebrating our history….Enriching your life
Emlen Physick Estate
Lovingly restored to its original splendor, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate is Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. The 18 room Physick House was built in the Stick Style of architecture, with trademark design features of renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. The Estate provides an in-depth glimpse of the period and offers year-round tours and unique living history programs.
The new theme for Physick Estate Tours in 2017 is “Let’s Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture.” Revolutions in American industrializing, merchandising, advertising, retailing and consuming in the Victorian era forever changed how people shopped. Take a guided tour of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate with this new theme for 2017 and you’ll discover how consumer culture has changed since the late 1800’s. The house is air conditioned and the first floor is fully accessible.
The Carroll Gallery and Carriage House Café & Tearoom
On the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. The estate’s 1876 Carriage House now houses a gallery featuring changing exhibits throughout the year and a charming museum shop as well as the Carriage House Café & Tearoom. Dine in the Carriage House or outdoors beneath the gaily-striped tent overlooking the gorgeous gardens. Enjoy a hearty lunch from our Café menu or a traditional English Tea Luncheon or afternoon tea with tea breads and scones freshly baked in our own kitchen. Open late April through October. Air conditioned and fully accessible.
MAC is committed to making its programs accessible to as many individuals as possible. For information or if you require assistance, please call 609-884-5404 in advance so we may accommodate you. New Jersey Relay Center for TTY customers, please call 800-852-7899. MAC’s public history programs are funded in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State Restoration work at the Physick Estate has been funded by the New Jersey Historic Trust, the New Jersey Cultural Trust and the 1772 Foundations.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Emlen Physick Estate pamphlet. Please call the Estate at the number above for more information.