Cape May County's Historic Cold Spring Village
Tucked into a 22 acre plot of land near the seashore resorts of Cape May and Wildwood, Historic Cold Spring Village takes visitors on a trip back in time to a simpler, quieter era.
More than two dozen historic homes from Cape May and Cumberland Counties are clustered together much the way the houses in the original Cold Spring Village were grouped together back in the 1800's.
What to See
The village not only preserves historic homes, it also recreates life in the 19th Century. In the Finley Blacksmith Shop, a blacksmith is hard at work forging iron hardware.
A school teacher lectures visitors about how things used to be in the old school house.
A weaver spins yarn from village sheep in the Phillip Hand House.
You'll also find many other Village "residents" demonstrating what life used to be like in early America.
Wander from house to house along the peaceful, tree shaded walkways. No cars are allowed inside the village - you'll hear only the clip clop of the horse drawn carriages.
Special events throughout the season focus on various aspects of 19th Century life, whether it's the corn festival celebrating the corn harvest, the quilt weekend or the Revolutionary and Civil War weekends - when dozens of "soldiers" recreate battle camps.Check for latest events.
The Visitor's Center, near the Route 9 entrance, showcases the history of Cold Spring and the Cape May area with a nice exhibit, complete with old photos and maps. There are bathrooms in that building.
At lunchtime, you can buy a hamburger and soft drink from the food stand or stop for a longer meal at the restaurant on site. There's also an old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and a Bakery.
You can shop at the Country Store and the Museum Shop.
Access, Parking, and Hours
Historic Cold Spring Village is a 5 minute drive from Cape May. There's ample free parking. There are two entrances - one on Seashore Road, near the old Cold Spring church and one on Route 9.
The nice thing about Historic Cold Spring Village is that you don't have to drive there. Take the train from Cape May - the Cold Spring Train Station is at the Village's Route 9 entrance.
The park is open from 10AM to 4:30PM, Tuesday through Sunday during the summer, weekends in June and September. The Village closes for the season in late September.
Entrance fee for adults and children 3 to 12 years old. Children under three are admitted for free.
For more information, call (609) 898-2300.