Cape May was originally formed as Cape Island in 1848, and was renamed after Cornelius Jacobsen Mey in 1869. However, a settlement had existed there since the early 1700's, and had been attracting wealthy vacationers, mainly coming from Philadelphia, for decades. Its popularity skyrocketed in the 19th Century, and it is today recognized as America's oldest seaside resort.
Today, Cape May is still a renowned resort and vacation town, prized for its pictaresque downtown, relaxed beach atmosphere, abundance of characteristic Victorian homes and architecture, boardwalk, tourist attractions and shows, and beaches.
People Born in Cape May
Cape May in People's Lives
Samuel Finley: I was the pastor of Cold Spring Presbyterian Church here for three years, from 1744 - 1747.