Clifton, New Jersey
October 27, 2003
As you walk through the historic district, the guide will begin to explain the different styles associated with Victorian architecture and point out examples on the different buildings. The tour looks at several commercial buildings and a number of the town's bed and breakfasts, as well as the remaining street structures of the Victorian era, such as mounting blocks and hitching posts. The guide we had was incredibly knowledgeable in the history of the buildings. The only disappointment is that the historic walking tour does not offer a look inside any of the homes and buildings we visited. There are special tours which do allow visitors entrance to the inns.
The historic walking tour cannot cover the sheer number of buildings the trolley tours visit, but the vantage point from the street allows you to linger and enjoy the details. The guides are locals who have firsthand background into each of the homes and inns covered and it seems they know everyone in town! For those interested in the history and architecture of Cape May, this tour is an excellent introduction to the charming town.
From journal A Victorian Romp in Cape May