Return to Cape May

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Sunset at the Point

Summer would not be complete without my annual trip to Cape May. Actually, I usually travel there the last week of spring to avoid some of the craziness of the crowds that later flock to the Cape May area. My favorite part of Cape May is Cape May Point which is a mile or so outside of the quaint Victorian town. This is the area where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay. It is primarily a residential community with only one store/restaurant, a post office and many churches.

Catholic Church, Cape May Pont
Catholic Church, Cape May Point

Last week, my daughter and I stayed at a cottage on Lake Lily, a thirteen-acre, fresh water lake with a colorful history. Apparently it was a special watering hole for the Kechemeche Indians. Rumors of British soldiers and Captain Kidd are intertwined in its history.  Recent efforts by the Friends of Lake Lily have kept it a peaceful, healthy retreat for both humans and wildlife. I spent many relaxing moments sitting on this bench. I have to say that as much as I love sitting by the ocean, I found it more peaceful here.

View from Cottage
View from Cottage
Swans on Lily Lake
Swans on Lily Lake
Lake Lily
Lake Lily

Here are some of my photos at the point including the remnants of the S.S. Atlantus, the concrete ship that sunk off the coast in 1926. For some reason, I feel compelled to take one of the wreckage each year even though it doesn’t change very much.

S.S. Atlantus
S.S. Atlantus
At Cape May Point
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At Cape May Point
Cape May Point
Cape May Point
At Cape May Point

This area has a few excellent wineries which are fun to visit when the weather is not ideal. We spent an hour or so relaxing at nearby Willow Creek Winery.

Willow Creek Winery
Willow Creek Winery
At Willow Creek Winery
At Willow Creek Winery

Recently, I discovered that my great-great grandparents retired to Cape May Point back in the 1870s after a life on the farm in Burlington County. Unfortunately, the 1880 census does not give the street address.  One of the fun things we did was to eat in a French New Orleans restaurant at 410 Bank Street in the town of Cape May, a house where their grandson, and my first cousin 2x removed, lived in 1920. Maybe this family connection partially explains why I’m drawn here again and again.

410 Bank Street
410 Bank Street

So how about you? Do you have any fun summer plans?

6 comments

  1. I enjoyed reading about your vacation and viewing your photographs. I was particularly interested in the images of the shipwreck. I’ve always had a soft spot for maritime history– shipwrecks in particular. Do you have any more details about this one?

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