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You don’t need a time machine to experience some South Jersey history. Check out these sites to take a trip to the Revolutionary War, the Victorian Era and other exciting points in history.

 

Emlen Physick Estate

1048 Washington Street, Cape May
609-884-5404
Emlen Physick Jr. came from a wealthy Philadelphia family (his grandfather was considered the father of American surgery). When Emlen moved into the Washington Street estate in Cape May with his widowed mother and maiden aunt, he chose a path that strayed from the family business: farming. Today, you can tour 2 floors of the Emlen’s 17th-century home and learn about the particulars of the Victorian lifestyle in Cape May. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12.

 

Red Bank Battlefield and Whitall House

100 Hessian Avenue, National Park
856-853-5120
A decisive Revolutionary War battle was won right on this Gloucester County site when patriot forces, though greatly outnumbered, defeated Hessian troops. Stroll through the riverfront battlefield and explore the stone forts and walls that fortified General George Washington’s men. The stately Whitall House, which housed the wounded after the battle, is also open for tours (April through October). The park offers pathways along the Delaware River and plenty of spots for picnicking, as well as a children’s play area.

 

Army Air Field Museum

1 Leddon St, Millville
856-327-2347
Stand where thousands of brave soldiers once stood at “America’s First Defense Airport.” Browse countless artifacts or drop in for a movie night. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For a personalized tour, call ahead to schedule.

 

Battleship New Jersey

62 Battleship Place, Camden
856-966-1652
Come aboard the ship that has battled in a number of wars since its construction in 1940. The Battleship New Jersey was sailed during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. You can tour this museum on the water – some tour guides have even served on the ship – to see areas like the room where sailors controlled the guns, the hospital and the crew’s cabins. Tickets range from $5 to $35, depending on the tour.

 

Indian King Tavern Museum

233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield
856-429-6792
As the Revolutionary War was raging in 1777, government officials who were forced to evacuate their offices in battle-ravaged Trenton gathered at the Indian King Tavern in Haddonfield. Here, they enacted the law to officially change New Jersey from a colony into a state. These days, you can take a free tour of the rooms, including the bed First Lady Dolley Madison is said to have slept in, and peruse the tavern’s collection of historical items. Throughout the year, the tavern hosts live music concerts, where musicians in historical dress play traditional Colonial songs.

 

Burlington County Prison Museum

128 High Street, Mount Holly
609-518-7667
It held debtors and criminals alike, and some people maintain that the historic building and its grounds are haunted by the spirits of former prisoners – the museum was even featured on an episode of Syfy channel’s “Ghost Hunters.” If you dare, you can tour the small cells, complete with their original doors, and learn what prison life was like. Originally designed to house approximately 40 prisoners, the structure was in constant use until 1965. Ticket costs range from $2 to $5.

 

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