THE WHALERS COTTAGES AT BATTS LANE

In 2019, Chris & Dave Clemans donated to Cape May MAC two beautifully restored, historic cottages. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Owen Coachman House incorporates a c. 1700 “Whalers Cottage” — one of the oldest surviving structures in Cape May County. It was moved to this site in 1846 by Owen Coachman, a free Black man who purchased land here for a farm. This site brings to life the important story of our county’s free African American community in the years before the Civil War.

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