The hotel, now a sprawling resort, was founded as a modest boarding house by Thomas Hughes. Downstairs was a single room that served as the dining room for all the guests, who stayed in simply partitioned quarters on the two upper floors. The walls and woodwork were bare and supplies of provisions were at times unreliable, but it was packed to the gills with vacationers every summer.
Explore the rooms and collections of the Physick House Museum with knowledgeable interpreters and volunteers to answer questions. In some rooms visitors will meet a member of the Physick family or domestic staff, who will discuss the "hows and whys" of the objects found there.
Five of the best Cape May restaurants each serve a course paired with wine from the evening's sponsoring winery. A winery representative accompanies the group and explains each pairing. Trolley service between each restaurant will be provided. Meet the trolley at the Physick Estate (Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts.)
Crafters and collectible dealers from throughout the region will be exhibiting and selling their wares on the Physick Estate's lawn. There will also be an assortment of children's activities and games, so bring the family.
The grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate have been taken over by spooky, scary and just plain silly characters for Scarecrow Alley. Enjoy the scarecrow creations contributed by members of the community, local organizations and MAC staff and vote for your favorites.
Are you brave enough to tour Dr. Physick's house after dark? Strange things have been seen, heard and done here in the evening hours. Let your guide open a portal to the past and see what discoveries await.
Step into the 19th century where mourning rituals mixed superstition with necessity. Experience the unexpected on this 30-minute guided tour through the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, appropriate for all ages.