America's Historic Towns and Oldest Places
Cape May, NJ (est. 1620) with an estimated population of 3,450 is a city and seaside resort at the tip of southern New Jersey’s peninsula. The earliest inhabitants of the peninsula were the Kechemeche Indians of the Lenni-Lenape tribe who mainly hunted these grounds. It’s known for its grand Victorian houses such as the Emlen Physick Estate, now a museum with a preserved interior from the era. Shops and restaurants line the Washington Street Mall, three pedestrianized blocks of Washington Street. The Cape May Lighthouse provides views across the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Cape May is home to the nation's oldest seashore resort. It has welcomed visitors for generations with its hospitality and Victorian charm. Cape May boasts highly rated beaches (second in the nation and ninth in the world by TripAdvisor), fine dining, lodging and shopping, and is even a top worldwide destination for bird-watching. The entire city of Cape May is designated the Cape May Historic District, a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian buildings.