the haunted historical house, the emlen physick estate, in new jersey
Photo: Courtesy Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
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Emlen Physick Estate

Cape May, New Jersey

Dr. Emlen Physick's sprawling four-acre estate, a 1879 Victorian mansion, has changed hands only three times in its 130-year history. The home made news in 1878 for its unique Stick-style, featuring geometric decorative elements and irregular rooflines that contrasted with its more traditional neighbors. The exterior features oversized corbelled chimneys, jerkin-head dormers, and porch brackets, while the interior showcases classic Victorian molding, fireplaces, and furniture.

The herb garden on the grounds is a replica of one planted there in the 1800s, but that's not all that remains from the past. Psychic medium Craig McManus, the author of The Ghosts of Cape May, has identified many spirits still residing at the Physick Estate: The most prominent ones are Physick's Aunt Emilie, and the spirits of Physick's beloved dogs.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts hosts Phantoms of the Physick Estate and ghost tours (kid-friendly and evening options available). Call 800-275-4278 or visit for more information.
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