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Emlen Physick Estate

One of the better known "haunted" houses of Cape May, NJ

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One Creepy Place With a Creepy Tour Guide

  • Mar 13, 2010

The Emlen Physick Estate is one of the more well known vintage homes in Cape May, New Jersey. The house sites a little out of the way of the main town and most will pass it on their way into Cape May. It's an old doctor's office where much went down a long, long time ago. Several years after being called a haunted house and being run down, the town saved the home from being bulldozed and restored it to the grander days it once saw. Today, the house is more of a museum and holds several ghost tours a night along with special events such as seances and night investigations.

My trip inside the mansion was after a long trolley tour. We entered the home and were told to not touch anything, but to not be frightened if something touched us! The tour guide was nice, she was very very creepy though. She was for sure a great story teller and did a great job revealing several of the ghost tales from the house. One of the funniest was when a local psychic, Craig McManus, was in the home he saw several dogs. The lady of the house used to let the dogs in from the street and apparently they lined the stairs. According to the tour guide, some guests feel their legs getting pawed at during the tour but sadly nobody did that night.

Many feel that the reason the spirits flock to Cape May deals with the quartz aka Cape May diamonds that wash on sure while others feel it's just they love the town, so they don't want to leave. For me I think this house was opened up thanks to the spiritual activities done there during those time periods. The tour guide took us too a room which was the seance room. She said that they would hold seances there along with using Ouija boards and other more "fake" events. Not saying the Ouija board is fake, but she said that often they would force things to happen as it was a way to gain money.

Overall the tour of the Physick Estate was the highlight of the night. It was a very beautiful home that takes you back to the olden-days but it surely does have a feel to it that just doesn't seem right. Just walking through you got a weird sense that you weren't the only one there. In the one woman's bedroom you could feel the pressure in the room, it was much different then the others but just felt off. I must say I would visit again, maybe even stay the night if I could but surely I can say that was my first haunted house experience.

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March 14, 2010
Sounds like a great experience. You see all these ghost-hunting shows on TV and wonder what it must be like to experience some of this stuff first hand. Thanks for the fine review!
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 The Emlen Physick Estate is a Victorian house museum in Cape May, New Jersey, located at 1048 Washington Street. The 18-room mansion, attributed to acclaimed American architect Frank Furness, was built in 1879 for Dr. Emlen Physick Jr. (1855-1916), descendant of a well-known Philadelphia family, his widowed mother, Mrs. Ralston, and maiden Aunt Emilie.[1] The mansion is closely related to Furness's Knowlton Mansion (1880-81) in Northeast Philadelphia.
The Physick Mansion is one of the finest examples of “Stick Style” architecture in America. Its exterior is distinguished by Furness’s trademark oversized features, including gigantic upside-down corbelled chimneys, hooded “jerkin-head” dormers, and the huge stick-like brackets on the porch. Many original furnishings are on display throughout the house.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) was formed in 1970 to save the Physick Estate from the wrecking ball. The Center operates the estate as a Victorian historic house museum.
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