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“Great experience for all ages!”

Historic Cold Spring Village
Ranked #14 of 60 things to do in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Historic Cold Spring Village (HCSV) is a open air living history museum that invites all visitors to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration in the exploration of southern New Jersey's past. It is a nonprofit, educational museum that is open during the spring-summer season. The centerpiece of the museum is a re-created rural Southern New Jersey town of the "home spun era" set on more than 30 acres. The Village will open for the 2018 season June 23rd. We will kick off our special weekend events on June 16th!
Reviewed 1 August 2014

My wife and I spent a day there for the first time and really enjoyed the historical setting and characters. The carriage ride was pleasant and all the buildings offered much information and friendly people. The schoolhouse was great, as were the printer, woodworker, innkeeper, and blacksmith. The museum was nice also. It was an overall wonderful time!

Bill P.

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We had a great experience at this historic village,patrons dress in period costume and are very knowledgable. Kids loved it here

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

I really love living history "museums" and this one is no exception. The reenactors were so knowledgeable and we just loved it! We especially liked the schoolhouse, printer, and basket weaver. The village is so full of history and the reenactors pay careful attention to explaining the buildings they're in which was extremely interesting. I wish they had more selections for food as we wanted to eat a quick lunch, and not sit down in their restaurant. We found out too late that the bakery offered a couple quick items, but it wasn't advertised well. The pastries at the bakery were amazing! Make sure to use the 1/2 off kids coupon in the readily available Cape May map that's around in every shop.

Thank Mel38_10
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Though conveniently located on Route 9 near our motel, the Reeve's, once you have been there - you've pretty much seen everything. Once a year they have a really nice antique sale throughout the whole area, and that is wonderful, but just from week to week - once is enough.

1  Thank Cheryl L
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Kate D, Public Relations Manager at Historic Cold Spring Village, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

Dear Cheryl L,

We thank you for your review of Historic Cold Spring Village and regret that you felt underwhelmed by our daily offerings.

As you have suggested by your kind words regarding our annual Antique and Craft Show during our Free Community Open House, every weekend during the summer season (roughly the last weekend in May to the first weekend in September) features a special event in addition to the costumed artisan interpreters in our 26 restored historic structures. While these events always support our threefold mission of historic preservation, heritage tourism and education, we strive to include a wide variety of themes to accommodate our guests, performers, local organizations and vendors. For instance, the 2014 season thus far has included a country fair, hands-on craft stations for children to learn the trades of the 1800s, military reenactments, paranormal investigations, a quilt show, a Celtic festival, and working model railroad displays. Still to come are "farm life" tutorials, a classic car show, a seafarer's weekend, Civil War and Revolutionary War reenactments and even more paranormal investigations. Even during weekend events that are repeated from year to year or even within the season, programming is updated to remain fresh for repeat visitors. There really is something for everybody at the Village! We encourage all of our visitors to check out website to see what is happening each weekend.

All this talk about our weekend events, however, is not meant to detract from the Village's weekday schedule. It is important to bear in mind that the daily lives and activities of rural people of the 19th century were not regulated by time clocks and work schedules but by the natural rhythms of weather and harvests. Likewise, the crafts and trades performed by our artisan interpreters are rarely the same day to day. For instance, the interpreter in our Corson-Hand House c. 1837 may be carding her wool when you visit on Tuesday, spinning it into thread on the Great Wheel when you visit on Wednesday or weaving it into cloth on the loom when you visit on Thursday. While the interpreters and buildings are the main attractions at the Village, they are far from the only attractions! We hold a variety of different interactive weekday events depending on the day, including a children’s activity area featuring costumes, interactive historical games and hands-on crafts, militia training for children, a free carriage ride with Levi the Village Horse, friendly barnyard animals, traditional storytellers, Beehive oven cooking demonstrations, a tea hour, apprenticeship programs and more. Naturally, the availability of these events is subject to unpredictable elements such as weather. However, we hope that in light of these happenings you will consider visiting with us again in the future.

Kate Devaney
Deputy Director-Public Relations and Programming

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

My family and I have been going to OCNJ for summer vacation for years, but this was our first time going to Historic Cold Spring Village. I loved it! My kids are 11 and 7 years old and they were full of questions. The reenactors were very knowledgeable and patient and answered all of their questions. My kids enjoyed feeding some of the animals there as well as having some hands on fun as well! We ate at The Grange restaurant on the property and the food there was excellent as well as the service. My favorite place was the Country Store. We really enjoyed our day there and will most likely visit again! I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in living history.

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