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Published: August 27th 2012
The second part of our trip we visited Bob's friends around Vineland, NJ. On the way from PA, we spent some time in Cape May on the very tip of NJ and well known for its lovely old homes.
The regal 1881 Queen Victoria features corner bay windows, a concave mansard roof, and a fancy console cornice.
Cape May is a town-sized textbook of late-19th-century American domestic architecture. Its picturesque houses range from Stick Style and Queen Anne to Colonial Revival and beyond, with a generous helping of Second Empire-influenced Mansards tossed in. Thanks to a major preservation push in the 1970s, many of the town’s larger houses have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts, providing a boost to the local economy and a fine, relaxing opportunity for visitors to brush elbows with an earlier way of life. Some inns open their doors for tours of the premises, and a few even serve afternoon tea (for a fee) to passersby. Looking around present-day Cape May, only a seriously jaded eye could fail to be captivated by the exuberant wooden ornament that gives the town its air of perpetual celebration.
Stockton Row (1872) was built as eight
identical beach houses with Greek, Gothic, and Italian trim. http://www.oldhouseonline.com/textbook-victorians-of-cape-may/
Bob and I walked up and down a couple of boardwalks in NJ, Ocean City Boardwalk (the nicest) and Wildwood Boardwalk -- on a sunny day, a foggy day, a couple of evenings . . . That's where the action is in the summertime. By the way, if you scroll down past the advertisements, you'll see the rest of the photos. Then, if you double click on any of them, you can see them full size and move from one to another using the arrows in the upper corners or the numbers at the bottom.
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