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.
* Note: hours may change due to Covid restrictions for social distancing. We are planning to move our open hours from 10:00AM to 1:00 PM. The house will be open and fresh air allowed to circulate –really colonial. We do not have a central air conditioning system. Only the windows A/C. Our solution was to open the house in the morning hours that are cool—then shut down after 1:00PM.
The Colonial House is also open by appointment. We respectfully request a minimum of 24 hours notice. Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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