Cape May's Victorian Week October 7 - 16, 2005

Posted 09/30/05
CAPE MAY, NJ - Cape May's been celebrating its Victorian roots with a big bash every October for 33 years.

Victorian Week is actually 10 days of house tours and antiques shows and old time fun and games.

Some events, like the Vintage Dance Weekend, where couples twirl around the dance floor in Victorian garb, are constants in the annual revival of all things 19th Century.

Other events, like the micro brew beer tastings and the wine classes, seem more in tune with today's 21st century interests.

There's no doubt about it - the big new item on the agenda this year is the assortment of ghostly tours and lectures.

Ghostly Events

Ghosts are hot this year.

The Historic Haunts Tour lets visitors get into the “spirit” of things as they tour some of Cape May’s buildings reputed to have paranormal activity.

In Knock, knock. who's there?? Psychic medium and Ghostwriter Craig McManus lectures about his paranormal findings in Cape May than takes the group on a walk down jackson Street - on a ghost sniffing expedition.

As if that's not enough, there's even a Ghosts of Cape May Trolley tour.

Traditional Victorian Events

Speaking of ghosts, Colonel Lansing, Chief of Cape May’s Fire Department in 1878, comes back from the dead to lead a new tour about Cape May's famous fire - the fire of 1878.

Victorian tea buffs will have plenty of chances to quaff their favorite beverage.

House tours, one of the backbones of Victorian Week, take visitors through some of Cape May's fanciest Victorian bed and breakfast inns.

And of course there are antiques and crafts shows, vintage fashion shows and lots of opportunities to eat and drink.

Victorian Week is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts.

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