Greater Cape May Historical Society

2022 Update

The Colonial House will be open for the season on June 15th through September 15. We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. On Saturdays, “the historian is in”. Please stop by with your Cape May history questions. We love to meet folks out and about in the town.

We do open for private tours based on the availability of the Guide. While we are a free museum, if you would be so kind to make a donation that day for our Colonial House maintenance program, it would be appreciated.

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The Greater Cape May Historical Society is the steward of The Colonial House. The Colonial House or Memucan Hughes House was originally a tavern and the family home of Revolutionary War patriot Memucan Hughes. The house is an unsung survivor from Cape Island’s very beginning and thought to be one of the oldest surviving houses on Cape Island. The Colonial House is also the headquarters of the Greater Cape May Historical Society.

The Colonial House is open to the public at no charge from June 15th to September 15, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1pm–4pm. The house is also open during Victorian Weekend in October, and for the December Candlelight House tour in the National Historic Landmark city of Cape May, New Jersey.

The Colonial House is open by appointment after September 15. We respectfully request a minimum of 24 hours notice. Please send email to There is no fee. The house is free to all visitors. Donations gratefully accepted to help maintain the Colonial House. We are a 501c3 non profit organization—a volunteer only organization since 1975.

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.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission / Department of State, and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Cape May County Department of Tourism, Public Information and Culture & Heritage.