Constructed circa 1870, the Thomas Beesley, Jr. House is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Senator Beesley owned the property until his death in 1877. The property was purchased by Viola B. Elters in 1941. She and her husband, Russell Naylor, Jr. were the last private owners until 1993. The County of Cape May purchased part of the property in 1992 which was
used for the county's Open Space Program, a portion was also used to
create the Zoo Savanna. The house currently provides a conference room
for county meetings along with hosting local art exhibits in the newly
renovated art gallery and serves as offices for county employees.
Culture & Heritage Commission
Mary E. Stewart, Chair
Patricia Anne Salvatore, Vice Chair
Christine Cote', Secretary
Craig Van Baal
E. Marie Hayes, Freeholder Liaison
The mission of the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage is to work in partnership with Cape May County cultural and heritage organizations to educate, encourage and inspire public participation in the cultural heritage of Cape May County.
Our vision is to be the primary leader and catalyst in promoting public interest and participation in history, the arts and cultural traditions of the community and to support the development of those county organizations and events which do the same.
Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and Culture & Heritage Division Director Pary Tell accepted the New Jersey Cultural Access Project's County Achievement Award at the awards ceremony in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Funding for the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission, divisions of the New Jersey Department of State.