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MAGIC & MYSTERY HOUSE TOUR

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Victorians were fascinated with mystery and illusion and this tour through select rooms in the 1879 Physick House Museum shares that fascination. Learn about the famous Harry Houdini who captivated Victorian audiences with his intricate escapes, the Goddess of Mystery, Ionia, a Belgian beauty who Victorians worshipped for her spectacles of magic, The Great Lafayette, who became known as the world’s greatest magician, and Pepper’s Ghost, an illusion still used today, with Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and more.

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PRIVATE HOMES TOUR

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Saturday, October 15, 2022
1pm – 4pm

See inside a selection of charming private cottages not normally open to the public. The Aurorean Cottage, the Cherry House, the Maggie McKean, and the Orem Residence. Tour includes a wine tasting from Cape May Winery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate.

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PHANTOMS OF THE PHYSICK ESTATE

“THE SPELLBOUND SISTERS”

Ever since three strange sisters moved into the Physick estate, Cape May has not been the same. Rumors say that these women might be using dark magic. Are you brave enough to accept the invitation to visit their home and unveil the truth?

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CHERRY HOUSE CHEERY HALLOWEEN TOUR

Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of this private home on historic Hughes St. while viewing Halloween themed decor throughout the house.

Masks are required on this tour.

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HISTORIC HAUNTS
COMBINATION TOUR

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Take an evening trolley ride through the Historic District and hear stories of haunted Cape May. Step off the trolley at the Physick House Museum with your guide and see Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, reputed to be haunted, as you learn about Victorian Spiritualism. This tour combines a Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour with a visit to the Physick House. In the museum, guides will compare the methods of spirit contact used by the Victorians with those of today’s paranormal investigators. Selected rooms on both floors are included in the tour. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop.

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EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE TOUR

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Take a guided tour of the first and second floors of the 1879 Physick House Museum, for an in-depth look at Victorian architecture and the period, reflecting one Victorian family’s lifestyle, and detailing the way the Physick family and their household lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Built in 1879, the 18-room mansion is an architectural wonder built by famed American architect Frank Furness and is one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country. In 2022-23 the tour them “Meet the Staff” focuses on the Physick House staff. Like many upper-class families of the era, Dr. Physick hired numerous local people to work at his estate. Learn about the staff, their duties, and their importance to the Physick family and the community.

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COMBINATION TROLLEY/PHYSICK
ESTATE TOUR

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This immersive, 2-hour tour experience combines a guided tour by trolley of Cape May’s Historic District with a guided tour of the Physick House Museum, providing an in-depth look into Cape May history and architecture. Learn why Cape May is the only National Historic Landmark City in the nation as you appreciate the details of Cape May’s unique Victorian streetscapes via trolley. Take a guided tour of the first and second floors of the 1879 Physick House Museum, for a detailed look at Victorian architecture and the period. Built in 1879, the 18-room mansion is an architectural masterpiece built by famed American architect Frank Furness and one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country. The tour includes a visit to the Carriage House Carroll Gallery Exhibit and begins and ends at the Ocean Street Trolley stop.

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HISTORIC HAUNTS  HOUSE TOUR

a run down emlen physick estate victorian house

Tour select rooms with your guide and learn about Victorian Spiritualism in Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the Physick House Museum, widely reputed to be haunted. In the museum, guides will compare the methods of spirit contact used by the Victorians with those of today’s paranormal investigators. Select rooms on both floors are included in the tour.

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PHYSICK ESTATE
CHILDRENS TOUR

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Youngsters will see what life was like more than 100 years ago on this half-hour guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum, geared especially for 5-10 year-olds.

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GRAVEYARD, GHOSTS & MANSION COMBO TOUR

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Hear the stories and experiences of ghost activity in the 1879 Physick House Museum from the Cape May MAC tour guides who know them intimately. It starts with a trolley ride to the historic Cold Spring Presbyterian Cemetery to see the graves of Dr. Emlen Physick and his family. At the graveyard you’ll hear EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) recorded by tour guides and staff at the estate. On your return trip to the Physick Estate hear about some unusual Victorian funereal customs. Then, inside the Physick House you will visit several rooms and hear several more EVPs while learning more about the activity observed there. Take the opportunity to talk to staff about their experiences, and a moment to wonder at what it all means. Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate.

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Holiday House Tours

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS

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Cape May MAC launched its first Christmas tour in 1973 and ever since this tour has been a beloved annual tradition and a highlight of the holiday season in America’s only National Historic Landmark City. This tour celebrates the best of Cape May at Christmas, as you travel Cape May’s gaslit streets, hear musicians and carolers, and visit more than a dozen homes, inns, B&Bs, churches and hotels where you’ll step inside to see both Victorian and more modern interiors beautifully decorated for the holidays. Don’t miss Cape May’s longest running and most popular Christmas tour.

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EVENING YULETIDE HOUSE TOUR

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Take this guided tour of the first-floor rooms of the 1879 Physick House Museum, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas. See and hear how the Physick family might have entertained friends and family and celebrated in traditional Victorian fashion during the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House and visit “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery and see this popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept 56 Dickens village collection.

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PHYSICK FAMILY CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR

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Take this guided living history tour of the magnificent 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style for Christmas. Your guide portrays a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s and shares stories and traditions. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery to see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit, a popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens village collection.

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LAMPLIGHTER CHRISTMAS TOUR

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Enjoy an evening tour of four of Cape May’s finest B&B inns and private homes, decorated for the holidays. Includes “An Old Fashioned Christmas” exhibit at the Physick Estate Carroll Gallery.

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HOLIDAY INNS TOUR

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Get into the Christmas spirit as you tour three of Cape May’s festively decorated Bed & Breakfast Inns and private homes. Tour handout and map is available at the Washington St. Mall Information Booth or the Physick Estate.

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