Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) was founded in 1970, by a small group of concerned Cape May citizens, for the express purpose of saving the Emlen Physick Estate, built in 1879, from demolition. The 18-room estate was saved and restored due to the efforts of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and today the mansion is an icon of Cape May’s National Historic District and a year-round attraction. The Physick Estate, designed by Frank Furness, is one of the finest examples of “Stick Style” Victorian architecture. This year, MAC introduced a new tour of the estate titled “Experience Upstairs, Downstairs: Servants and the Served.” Tours of the home last approximately 45 minutes and admission includes access to the estate’s Carriage House Gallery. The Carriage House also houses the visitor’s center, where tickets are purchased, and Museum Shop, featuring Victorian souvenirs. You can also take lunch and afternoon tea in the Twinings Tearoom of the Physick Estate.
Since 1970, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts has become a multi-faceted non-profit organization, taking on numerous restoration projects. MAC restored the 1859 Cape May Point Lighthouse in the Cape May Point State Park and now operates the lighthouse, where visitors can climb 199 steps for a panoramic view of Cape May, Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts also operates trolley, boat, walking and Cape May Ghost Tours, in addition to food and wine events and other seasonal activities. Trolley tours begin at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street and take visitors around Cape May’s Historic District, finishing with a guided tour of the Physick Estate, the only Victorian house museum in Cape May. Truly, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts is to be thanked for Cape May’s proper reputation as a historical, Victorian-themed destination.
In conjunction with the phenomenal Cape May Restaurants, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation offers some unique and savory dining experiences including the Chocolate Fantasy Buffet and Murder Mystery dinner show. Wine events, English Tea Luncheons and other seasonal culinary events spice up Cape May’s already exceptional dining repertoire.
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation continues to grow, and its prominence in promoting the arts of the area has turned Cape May NJ into a destination unlike any other. MAC is responsible for instituting the Victorian Fair, the annual Cape May Music Festival, and the 10 day Victorian Week, beginning Columbus Day Weekend each October. In December, experience the spirit of the Christmas season during MAC’s Christmas Candlelight House Tours. For an educational, fun and romantic day in Cape May NJ, America’s oldest resort town, enjoy all that the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation offers. Come stay with us at Bacchus Inn, located in the heart of the primary Cape May National Historic District. We are only a half-mile from the Emlen Physick Estate, making for a uniquely Victorian Cape May Bed and Breakfast experience.
|Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
|The Physick Estate
|1048 Washington Street
P.O. Box 340
Cape May, NJ 08204
609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278
Cape May, New
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