Cape May began as Cape May Island, where families journeyed to enjoy wide white beaches and gentle surf during the early nineteenth century. With the advent of steamships and railroads, the quiet village soon became America’s first seaside resort town. Despite its charm and elegance, visitors slowed in the 1880s, as a series of mysterious fires claimed some of its most beloved structures.
As the twentieth century dawned, Cape May’s failure to modernize ultimately became its salvation. By the 1960s, visitors were once again flocking to this seaside destination to enjoy its quaint Victorian charm. Experience the elegant Chalfonte Hotel, stately Congress Hall and the classic Cape May Boardwalk with local historian Emil Salvini.
Enter to win a FREE copy of Historic Cape May, N.J. on Friday, December 7.
How: It’s easy! Just check this page first thing on Friday for more details on how to win. Five free copies will be given away!
In the meantime, we’re offering a FREE chapter excerpt of Historic Cape May (we don’t want to wait for Friday–we want to start sharing Salvini’s new book now.) Enjoy the teaser below, and then be sure to check the History Press Blog on December 7 for your chance to win!