Historic Cape May, New Jersey: The Summer City by the Sea

Historic Cape May, New Jersey: The Summer City by the Sea

by Emil R. Salvini


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Historic Cape May, New Jersey: The Summer City by the Sea by Emil R. Salvini

Cape May began as Cape May Island, where families journeyed to enjoy wide white beaches and gentle surf during the early nineteenth century. With the advent of steamships and railroads, the quiet village soon became America's first seaside resort town. Despite its charm and elegance, visitors slowed in the 1880s, as a series of mysterious fires claimed some of its most beloved structures. As the twentieth century dawned, Cape May's failure to modernize ultimately became its salvation. By the 1960s, visitors were once again flocking to this seaside destination to enjoy its quaint Victorian charm. Experience the elegant Chalfonte Hotel, stately Congress Hall and the classic Cape May Boardwalk with local historian Emil Salvini.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609499099
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 700,704
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Emil Salvini is a widely published and well-recognized New Jersey historian. He is a past President of the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society and lifetime member of Cape May County Historical Society. He also produces a television show for New Jersey's PBS affiliate.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

The Origins of a Resort 11

From 1850 to 1863 29

The Civil War 38

The Lottery of Death 43

The Railroad Comes to Cape May 47

The Cottage Era 50

Railroad Control 56

The Fire of 1869 60

Depression and Reconstruction 64

The Inferno 73

The Road Not Taken 85

Growth After the Fire 93

The Republic Era 101

New Jersey Newport 112

Cool Cape May 123

The Great Atlantic Hurricane 137

Peace and Preservation 143

The Winds of Change 149

"Putting More Christianity in the Patriots" 153

The City Is the Project: Everything Old Is New Again 158

Renaissance 168

Bibliography 177

Index 181

About the Author 189

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