Cape May County
Division of Culture & Heritage Commission The Thomas Beesley, Jr., House
605 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House Meeting Offices for the County of Cape May and the Division of Culture and Heritage Commission.
Circa 1870, the Thomas Beesley, Jr. House is listed on the NJ 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 and Heritage Commission Mary E. Stewart, Chair Patricia Anne Salvatore, Vice Chair Christine M. Cote, Secretary
Deanna Fiocca Dr. Janice Lake Betts Barbara Beitel Ann Vinci
Director Diane F. Wieland, Director of Tourism/Culture and Heritage
Gerald M. Thornton, Director
Leonard C. Desiderio, Vice-Director
E. Marie Hayes
The mission of the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage is to promote public interest and participation in both local and County history, as well as in the arts and in the cultural traditions of the community. It also supports the development of Cape May County's arts, history and cultural organizations.
Hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday
The Division received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
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/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Division Office is located at
4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House, New Jersey,