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GCMHS Christmas Party at Congress Hall Business Bash

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The Greater Cape May Historical Society will be holding their Christmas Party at the Congress Hall Holiday Business Bash. If you would like to attend, please follow the instructions below to reserve your seat at our table.

When: December 17th
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Congress Hall Ballroom
Price: $35
Ticket price includes menu, glass of wine, entertainment, decorations

How to reserve seat at our table: Send an email to with name of persons attending. Send a check made out to the Greater Cape May Historical Society for the total amount of seats that you wish to reserve to: GCMHS PO Box 495 Cape May New Jersey 08204 by November 19th.

History in Our Neighborhood: A Little History and a Little Art Fundraiser - Battery 223 "The Bunker": Garden States on Nov 7th

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The Center for Community Arts and the Greater Cape May Historical Society will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 at the Kiwanis Club House, 1231 Beach Avenue, Cape May City. The event starts at noon with light lunch and refreshments followed by the presentations starting at 12:30PM. There will be two presentations.

For a little history presentation, Dr. Gary Wray, President of Fort Miles Historical Association (FMHA), Delaware will present on a film on Fort Miles and the fortifications built on the Delaware Bay during World War II. Much has changed in the 73 years since Fort Miles was constructed at the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The systems at Fort Miles defended the gateway to Philadelphia between 1940-45. The Navy's biggest guns at 16"; underwater mines, nets and sound detectors; a top secret defense facility and searchlights powerful enough to light the beach at Cape May. At the time, the threat of invasion was very real. Members of the Pilots Association of the Bay and River Delaware joined the Coast Guard to lead merchant ships and tankers through the hundreds of mines at the mouth of the Bay, assisted by mine batter observers from Fort Miles. Not a single ship was lost. At its wartime height, Fort Miles operated 32 of the Army's largest caliber artillery pieces plus anti-aircraft weapons. Just after the war's end, on May 14, 1945, German submarine U-858 surrendered to the U.S. Navy and was escorted to the Fort's mine dock where the captive sailors were held at Fort Miles' POW camp.

Dr. Wray has been President of FMHA since it began in 2003, responsible for leading the organization in its goal of preserving, protecting and defending all aspects of Fort Miles. Dr. Wray is co-author (with Lee Jennings, State Parks historian) of the book on Fort Miles, published by Arcadia Press in 2005. Dr. Wray is currently a professor at Wilmington University, the University of Maryland, and Delaware Technical and Community College.

For a little art presentation, Dr. Christine Finn a British creative archaeologist, writer and artist who works with the concept of "change-over-time" will present the Garden States Project. She is a print and broadcast journalist and Visiting Fellow from the Reuter Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University. The project, Garden States: Jersey/New Jersey comes out of personal experience and an on-going news story. Dr. Finn was born and grew up in Jersey, Channel Islands. The island gave its name to New Jersey 350 years ago last year. Dr. Finn's Jersey was occupied by the Germans during World War II. Her mother and grandmother lived through it, and I grew up in the 60s playing around the concrete legacy of bunkers and other wartime relics.

Following Dr. Finn's presentation approximately 2:30PM, the program will continue at the Bunker site located in Cape May Point State Park to unearth the Jersey pots. Her return to the site over Veteran's Weekend concludes the Bunker "Change over Time" Project by excavating, revealing the pots in the sand, documenting them, and then letting nature take its course. Half a ton of Jersey Island worked into the sands of the New Jersey. All are invited to attend and participate in the dig.

Her new project is inspired by the Northern Lights. It launches in the far north of Scotland in mid-October Dr. Finn long term project over seven years is, "Leave Home Stay", situated at her old family home in Deal, south-east England. She has exhibited photos from post-earthquake Haiti and the aftermath of Sandy in New York. The in-progress website features some of her work.

A wreath created by the Garden Club of Cape May in remembrance of all Veterans who fought to keep our shores safe during these world wars. This wreath will have no wire or plastic will be left at the Bunker site. Adults $20.00 Students $10.00 at the door. Seating is limited. Reservations contact:

At the Bunker Site, all are invited to participate and is free.

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Cape May County Culture & Heritage Commission, from funds granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission

Thank you to Huffman Floors

The Society would like to thank Huffman Floors in North Cape May for their generous donation of floor material and installation at the Colonial House. For over 50 years, Huffman Floor Covering has put customers first and we can attest to that.

No homeowner is the same. Our little Colonial House needed a bathroom floor. We tried working with the big box stores but we were not a consideration since it was not a big job. Huffman Floors provided a unique, custom experience working with us to coordinate tasks prior to the installation. Come see for yourself what a fine job they did. We highly recommend you contact this local business for your floor needs. They did an amazing job. You won’t be disappointed. Stop in and visit Huffman Floors ( located at 3860 Bayshore Road, North Cape May (near the Post Office and Bacharach). Tell them we sent you!

Geneaology Questions?

Contact Cape May County Historical & Genealogical Society, 609-465-3535

ADA Information:

The Colonial House, built circa 1730, is located at 653 1/2 Washington Street adjacent to a public city parking lot which has handicapped parking available.

Access to House

The Colonial House has slate sidewalk a short distance to a porch with two low, wide steps. The house has a wheelchair accessible door, however, once in the house, no further access can be made for a wheelchair due to the historic architecture of the house. The bathroom in the house is not handicapped accessible, however, there are public restrooms with handicapped accessible facilities in close proximity. The garden and grass areas of the house can be uneven at times. It is highly recommended that a person remain on the sidewalk area to view the house.

Questions, comments on ADA Access to House,
Please send email to:

Contact Information:

Cape May City
643 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
609.884.9525 City Hall Hours Mon - Fri - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Contact Information:

Greater Cape May Historical Society
653 ½ Washington Street
PO Box 495
Cape May, NJ 08204