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Limited Artist Series

Limited Artist Series

Introducing our new Limited Artist Series collection - the story of Cape May County's rich history and culture, as told through the incredible minds of your favorite local artists.

Our 1st edition Limited Artist Series t-shirt graphic was designed by David Macomber, a well-known artist and Cape May County native. Like most of us who grew up here, he is both empowered and awestruck by the sea. He has a deep appreciation of our maritime history, which guided his Museum design. Get yours now at https://cmcmuseum.myshopify.com/collections/limited-artist-series. Visit https://davidmacomber.com/, and find yourself drawn to the ocean.

Accessibility Through Digitization Project

The CMCHGS has developed the Accessibility Through Digitization project in pursuit of preserving historical resources, facilitating public knowledge, and developing technological accessibility. This long-term digitization project aims to expand our ability to share historic and genealogical resources with the community. Last year, the ATD project completed its first phase by digitizing the Society's microfilm collection. This year the project focuses on developing an entirely new website with digitized resource hosting capabilities. Online access to a selection of digitized historical and genealogical resources will be available before the end of 2023! Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State, and the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners through the Division of Culture & Heritage.


Cresse-Holmes House Register Revision Project

The CMCHGS’s 1976 purchase of the 3.3-acre Cresse-Holmes property has led to nearly half a century of historic stewardship. The main residential structure on this property, originally referred to as the “John Holmes House”, was listed in the N.J. State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1979. In accordance with our mission to preserve and share our local history, the Society remains committed to its successful stewardship and is now working on a revision of the building’s nomination so that it more accurately represents the breadth of the property’s multidimensional historic value. The revision will be completed by local Architectural Historian, Joan Berkey. Funding has been made possible in part by the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund and the New Jersey Historic Trust.


The Living Landscape Project

The CMCHGS has developed a project focused on transforming the Museum of Cape May County property into a living-history landscape.

The Living Landscape Project aims to enhance the CMCHGS’ outdoor campus by creating historic “agricultural” components accessible to the public. These components include: 1) A colonial herb garden to compliment the 18th century occupation of the property and the 1704 Cresse section of the Cresse-Holmes House; and 2) A Victorian orchard to compliment the 19th century occupation of the property and the Holmes section of the Cresse-Holmes House.

The colonial herb garden will be a generalized example that follows historic guidelines and will feature period appropriate as well as native species. Planting began in May.

The Victorian orchard will be a significantly scaled-down “sample” of the known apple and peach orchard owned by Joseph Holmes (8th owner of the property, life-long Cresse-Holmes House resident, and Civil War Veteran). As this component is a much greater undertaking, it remains in the planning stage for now. Let us know if you would like to be involved!

Similar in approach to “living history” heritage tourism, these living landscape features will allow the community to step back in time and experience a small piece of the rich agricultural/homestead history of Cape May County.

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The Cresse-Holmes House Museum, Townsend Carriage Shed, and Smith Barn are accessible through guided tours only.
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