Greater Cape May Historical Society

New Summer Evening Hours

Starting July 5 through September 13, the museum is open on all Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Plan your visit

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 also open by appointment. 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.