Historic Cold Spring Village

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Basic Information

Address: 720 Route 9 South Cape May, NJ
Phone Number: 6098982300
Director: Anne Salvatore

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: seasonal

Historic Cold Spring Village is New Jersey's largest non-profit open-air living history museum. Its 27 restored antique buildings are located on 22 wooded acres adjacent to an eight-acre farm field which is reserved for heritage farming. Except for the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant, these historic structures were all acquired and moved to the site beginning in the early to mid-1970s.
The Village's mission is to provide visitors with an understanding of the relevance of their cultural heritage through a personal encounter with the past. It offers a perspective based on historic preservation along with the reenactment of appropriate tasks, skills, and humanistic characteristics of early County settlers during the age of homespun.
Historic Cold Spring Village uses a wide variety of techniques to present its story including, formal exhibition of collections, special programs, and active demonstration of 19th-century trades and crafts by trained and knowledgeable historically clothed interpreters.
Through these personal connections with interpreters, visitors are introduced to rural life in southern New Jersey and provided with a "sense of place" by learning about the histories of the buildings, their original owners and uses. There are no barriers between the visitor and interpreter.
Historic Cold Spring Village works diligently to stimulate interest in local, regional, State and American history through a well-researched interpretive program. Teaching to NJ's Social Studies Standards is an important part of the educational curricula with specific emphasis on connections between 19th-century politics, science, economics, lifestyles, and geography. The Village's educational program makes use of staff and resources to present programming on and off-site for 10,000 school-age children annually.

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Disabled Access:

For visitors living with disabilities, some access services are available. If accommodations are required, please call the Village office at (609) 898-2300 two weeks prior to your visit.

At Historic Cold Spring Village, we are committed to bringing history to you while respecting people living with disabilities and preserving the integrity of historic buildings. Please remember that this is a historic site and not all buildings will have ramps.

The Village buildings are staffed with interpreters who demonstrate and explain various crafts and trades, as well as relate the history of each particular building. Most of the buildings are small (only one or two rooms on the first floor); none of the historic building’s second floors are open to the public. Some have one or two steps at the front entrance; some are entered at grade or via an original ramp (such as a barn’s carriage ramp). Upon request, interpretive staff will present a short presentation on their building and/or craft outdoors. Service dogs are welcome throughout the Village and in all our buildings.

The Village Welcome Center is located at the Route 9 entrance to the Village, and is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs via a ramp near the rear of the building, which also leads to the accessible public restrooms, which are at the rear of the first floor (they may be accessed from the inside as well). A virtual touch-screen Village tour is located in the Welcome Center, along with an introductory video. Accessible restrooms are also located at the rear of the Village ice Cream Parlor, which are entered via a ramp along the building’s side wall. The Village’s Country Store and Old Grange Restaurant may also be entered via permanent ramps.

Various Village programs, such as musical entertainment and special demonstrations during event weekends, take place outdoors. The seating area for these programs is at grade and consists of movable wooden benches. There is no fence or barrier around this area, so auxiliary seating or a wheelchair may be placed in any convenient spot.

The Village’s two public entrances, at Route 9 and Route 626, are at grade and have no steps or ramps. Pathways throughout the Village consist of hard-packed clamshell paths or brick walkways. Parking areas include accessible parking spaces located closest to the entrances.

Program Type:

The HCSV interpretive staff brings the past to life each school year from October 1st to April 30th through the use of IP-based interactive teleconferencing technology. Programs are now available via Skype!  Students are encouraged to ask questions and become involved. Customized programs are available for an additional fee. Our distance learning program is one of the first distance learning programs in the state and we are now in our 23rd year of courses!

Field Trip Program– While visiting a selection of historic buildings students will gain first-hand exposure to life as it was for our ancestors of the early 19th century. Included in their visit, students will meet with a blacksmith, potter, basketweaver, school teacher as well as visit the woodshop, Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor. The Village is open exclusively for school groups, May-June. One teacher or chaperone is admitted free for every 10 students.

In-Class Presentations– The Village offers in-class school visits free of charge to all Cape May County Schools.
Please contact John Ryan, Assistant Director, at (609) 898-2300, ext. 18, or by e-mail at jryan@hcsv.org

Retail Store: Country Store
Reservations Needed: jryan@hcsv.org
Mission Statement:

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit educational institution established as an Early American open-air living history museum. Its purpose is three-fold: historic preservation, history education and heritage tourism. This is accomplished by promoting New Jersey history through extensive programs utilizing the architecture, lifestyles, arts, history and culture found in a rural South Jersey village during the early to mid-19th century. The Village endeavors to provide visitors from throughout New Jersey and the nation, and around the world with an understanding of their cultural heritage through a personal encounter with the past.