What is Historic Cold Spring Village?
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.
Where is HCSV?
HCSV is located on Route 9 just three miles north of Cape May City and four miles south of Rio Grande. Driving directions are available here.
How long should I plan for my visit?
While an average visit is between three and four hours, a number of visitors choose to return for a second day.
Is there an additional charge for the second day visit?
Yes. Each admission ticket to Historic Cold Spring Village is good for one day only.
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How large is the Village?
HCSV is the largest outdoor living history museum in New Jersey. The historical landscape of more than 30 acres includes more than 26 structures including restored buildings brought from across Cape May County as well as some authentic reconstructions. In addition to the historic buildings, visitors will find a working, organic farm.
Is admission required to shop or dine?
The Country Store, Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor are inside the museum grounds. A 30-minute retail pass is available for free at the gatehouses. The Country Store, Bakery are open when the museum is open, selling coffee, cold beverages, sweets and baked goods. The Cold Spring Grange Restaurant is located outside the museum- no admission is required to dine at restaurant.
Where may I eat at Historic Cold Spring Village? How about picnicking? Is it okay to bring food in?
Several dining opportunities are available for visitors. The Cold Spring Grange Restaurant is located at 735 Seashore Road, outside the Village gates. Admission is not required to dine at the Restaurant. Within the Village, the Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor and Country Store sell snacks, and hot and cold beverages. The Village food stand is open on weekends and is located near the Village pavilion.
Historic Cold Spring Village does not allow picnicking on the grounds. We kindly ask that you do not bring outside food into the Village.
What transportation options are available to HCSV from Cape May/Wildwood?
Your best option would be a car rental or taxi/shuttle service.
Does Historic Cold Spring Village offer strollers or wheelchairs for rent?
May I bring my pet to HCSV?
Yes! Pets are welcome on the village grounds, but must be kept on a leash. When walking pets on the property, please be considerate of other visitors and clean up after your pet. Service animals are welcome in the Village buildings but all other animals must be kept outdoors. HCSV assumes no responsibility for incidents involving pets.
Can I smoke on Village grounds?
No. Smoking is prohibited on Village grounds.
Are there overnight accommodations at Historic Cold Spring Village?
There no accommodations at the Village, but there are many places to stay in the Cape May Area area, including inns, national chain hotels, and campgrounds. For more information, visit the Cape May Chamber of Commerce Web site at http://www.cmccofc.com or the Greater Wildwood Hotel and Motel Association site at http://www.wildwoods.org/.
Is there parking for RVs and campers at the Village?
Yes. There is plenty of free parking, with spaces for larger vehicles. While there are no facilities for an overnight camping at the Village, there are a number of nearby campgrounds. Many are listed under “Campgrounds” at the following link: http://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds/nj-cape-may-campgrounds.htm.
What else is there to do and see in the Cape May area?
See area information for more on the Cape May area.