Greater Cape May Historical Society

Colonial House Museum Cape May NJ

Steward of The Colonial House Museum, located in the first period Memucan Hughes house, c. 1730 has a restored tavern room, common room, and research/exhibit room on first floor.

The museum is open June 15 to September 15 Wednesday through Saturday (closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and during Victorian Weekend in October. The museum is also open by appointment. We respectfully request a minimum of 24 hours notice. Please send email to There is no fee. The museum is free to all visitors.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Greater Cape May Historical Society is to collect, preserve, document, interpret and share the history of the greater Cape May area.

Vision Statement

The Greater Cape May Historical Society has a public private partnership with the City of Cape May for the support and operation of the Colonial House Museum. The Society will maintain the Colonial House along with its collection of paper documents and in doing so, provide a museum open to the public without bias and free of charge. The Society intends to make the paper collection available to the public on the internet. This partnership will provide the city with a designated area whereby visitors may obtain information and direction to other sites within the City and County to promote tourism. The Society seeks to have an ethical, open, and friendly group of volunteers to maintain the Society's mission and vision.


The headquarters of this organization, incorporated in August, 1974, is the Colonial House Museum c 1730, located at 653½ Washington Street, Cape May, next to City Hall and behind the Blue Rose Inn. This museum was originally a tavern and the family house of Revolutionary War Patriot Memucan Hughes. The front room features a tavern room. Other rooms open to the public in this unsung survivor from Cape Island’s very beginning depict a colonial era cooking/eating room and bedroom. A room, added in the 1930’s, is a research/exhibit room.


Acknowledgement of Support

Colonial House Operating Grant: This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission, from funds granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission for 2017.

Colonial House Preservation: In late winter of 2015, the exhibit room rear windows were painted and reglazed. The remaining five storm windows were built and installed to eliminate water intrusion while providing additional security. The porch metal roof was painted and the porch deck was stained with wood preservative. This project has been accomplished with financial assistance from the 1772 Foundation in cooperation with and administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust.

Colonial House Garden Project: This project will install a new array of native plants, herbs, hardy perennials along the path from the front of the house to the Pat Pocher Memorial Herb Garden. This project is provided by your generous donations to the Pat Pocher Garden Fund. The project is a collaborative effort between the Society and the Garden Club of Cape May to whom we are indebted for their support and guidance. If you wish to donate to the Garden Project, you may use the Pay Pal button on this website, or send your donation to: GCMHS Pat Pocher Garden Fund, PO Box 495 Cape May, New Jersey 08204.