Cape May Harriet Tubman Museum Opens in June

At the Montreal Beach Resort, we’re looking forward to kicking-off another terrific summer season. With the onset of warmer weather comes fun, sun and happy times at our Cape May seaside resort.

This year, we’re especially excited because Cape May is getting a new addition to its many museums and historic sites. That’s right! Soon, Cape May will be home to the Harriett Tubman Museum – one of the most anticipated museums in the world. The museum will be located at the Howell House which has stood vacant for nearly 40 years.

Of course, this is very exciting news for a town so committed to historic preservation. Most are aware of Cape May’s Victorian heritage and maritime legacy. However, few know that the town played a pivotal role in the fight to end slavery. For one, Harriet Tubman.

Harriet Tubman is recognized as a successful Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist. It’s estimated she saved more than 300 salves over the course of 10 years and 19 trips to the South. Additionally, she is one of few female war heroines, having served in the Civil War.

What’s lesser-known is that Tubman spent summers in Cape May between 1850 and 1852. She worked to raise money to help escaped slaves make new lives for themselves in the North, serving as a cook and acquiring odd jobs. According to its website, “The Harriet Tubman Museum building is located on a block that anti-slavery activists called home in Cape May. Lafayette Street and Franklin Street became a center of abolitionist activity centered around three important buildings developed in 1846.”

The museum is scheduled to open on June 19 which is the day that Texas officially abolished slavery.

So, during your visit this summer, make sure to visit the Harriett Tubman museum. Also, take advantage of these fun things to do at our Cape May Resort.

  • Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille. At Harry’s, you’ll experience spectacular oceanfront dining, a patio bar with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, and an impressive selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. The menu features modern American cuisine with a nod to regional traditions, offering dishes like clam chowder, fish & chips, and salads made with local vegetables.
  • The Montreal Beach Club. Enjoy the beach and Cape May sunshine at the Montreal Beach Resort’s exclusive beach clubs. Service includes well-appointed private cabanas, complimentary lounge chairs and umbrellas, as well as food service from Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille. You choose the perfect spot and your beach attendant takes care of the rest.
  • The Wine Cellar. The Wine Cellar is Cape May’s only beachfront liquor and wine shop. Here, visitors can browse an extensive collection of wines from Cape May and around the world. The Wine Cellar also offers a wide array of spirits, as well as domestic and craft beers.

We look forward to welcoming you this summer! For more information, visit our Accommodations and Specials & Packages pages.

Photo: Harriet Tubman Museum

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