There’s a pretty amazing bed & breakfast in Cape May, N.J. Angel of the Sea is in several top ten B&B lists and it’s easy to see why….
According to the web site, “Angel of the Sea was built around 1850 as a ‘summer cottage’ for William Weightman, Sr., a Philadelphia chemist who, as managing partner of Powers & Weightman, introduced quinine to the United States as an anti-malarial drug.”
In 1881, Weightman decided he wanted an ocean view, so he hired some local farmers to move the “cottage.” It was too big, so the farmers cut the building in half and spent all winter “pulling the sections on rolling tree trunks with mule and horse power.” Can you imagine?
This is the second half of Angel of the Sea. From 1962 to 1981, the houses were used as a dormitory for students from Shelton College, but weren’t properly maintained. These beauties were abandoned until December 1988, when John Girton, a builder and developer, and his wife Barbara bought it. Eighteen months and 3.5 million dollars later, “the most complete Victorian restoration in New Jersey” was completed.
The ocean view that Weightman wanted, from the verandah. I think I could get used to eating breakfast here every morning. How about you?