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Cape May Oddities, Obsessions, & Temperance

Cape May Oddities, Obsessions, & Temperance

They did what??!! Headless photography? Electric Corsets? Coffin Torpedoes? Explore some of the strange beliefs, superstitions, oddities, fads, curiosities, and mysteries from the end of the 19th century - the Victorian era, in Cape May, NJ.

Tour Includes

  • Oddities Trolley Tour

  • Guided Obsessions Tour of Physick Estate

  • Lunch at Hemmingways

  • Free time at Washington Street Mall

  • Transportation

  • Requires Extended Amounts of Walking

Day 1

Hear stories from Cape May's history that are bizarre, unexplained, or just downright weird! Take a step back in time at the Physick Estate and learn about the Victorian's fascination with magic, illusion, the mysterious and the odd. During the late Victorian Period, the issues of temperance and prohibition were as much "hot topics" in Cape May as they were in the rest of the country. A living history program presents a debate between a local saloonkeeper and a representative of the Women's Rights Movement and other reform efforts. Lunch is included at Hemmingway's. There will also be some free time at the Washington Street Mall.


Lunch Choices

1. Chicken Marsala
2. Pan Seared Salmon with a Lemon Buerre Blanc Sauce
Each entree is served with a mixed greens salad, fresh vegetables and potatoes, coffee, tea, iced tea and dessert.
Gluten-Free & Vegetarian dishes are available if required. Both are chef's choice.

Timed Itinerary

10:15 AM Arrive at Physick Estate
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM Oddities Trolley Tour & Obsessions Tour of the Physick Estate
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM Lunch at Hemmingways with Temperance & Prohibition presentation
2:15 PM - 5:00 PM Free Time at Washington Street Mall
A rest stop will be made enroute to Cape May. No stops will be made enroute home.

Please note

Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with the driver at the time of boarding.

To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
Montgomeryville Behind Home Depot, N Wales Rd & Montomery Glen Dr
751 Horsham Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446
Quakertown - Trainers Trainers Corner - near Starbucks
246 N West End Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951
Souderton Souderton Shopping Center
773 Route 113, Souderton, PA 18964
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