Cape May County is named for Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, who was a Dutch explorer who surveyed the Delaware Bay area.
Created: November 12, 1692
Cape May Court House 1692 – present
Old County Courthouse – Cape May Court House
Location: 11 North Main Street / Church Street
Built: 1848 – 1850
Style: Greek Revival / Colonial
Architect: Samuel Ware and James L Smith
Contractor: Daniel Hand, Jr.
Description: The building faces east and is a two story white colored wood frame structure. The building faces east and was completed in 1850. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the current courthouse. The front of the rectangular building has a central arched entrance. The gable roof has a fanlight window. There are green colored shutters on the windows. On the roof is a square white colored wood cupola. The roof is hipped.
Note: The first courthouse was originally the first Baptist Church built in 1715. The second courthouse was built in 1774 by master builder Daniel Hand, Jr. and was destroyed by fire in 1905.
County Courthouse – Cape May Court House
Location: 9 North Main Street / West Mechanic Street
Built: 1926 – 1927
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Edwards & Green of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contractor: Bennett McLaughlin Company of Pennsylvania
Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The east front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment. The north and south sections project slightly and have vertical pilasters at the corners. The roof line is flat. Along the north part of the front is a projecting red colored brick one story section built in 1865 as the Clerk’s Office. The front has a wide portico supported by four narrow columns rising to a wide green colored pediment with hipped roof above. On the west side is a modern three story red colored brick addition. On the south side of the courthouse is the red colored brick one story Clerk’s Office constructed in 1975.
N – Atlantic County
E – Atlantic Ocean
S – Atlantic Ocean and Sussex County, Delaware
Photos taken 2017