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Cape May Haunted Mansions

Oct 04, 2018 Southern Mansion 2018

The seaside village of Cape May offers delightful Victorian charm and captivating beaches but also comes with it a haunted past. Enter…only if you dare, into Cape May’s haunted past this Halloween season by visiting Cape May haunted houses, including our own Southern Mansion. We have the best list of haunted houses in Cape May that will send a chill down your spine!


Southern Mansion

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The Southern Mansion was once used as a seaside summer escape by a wealthy businessman, George Allen, and his family, plus descendants, for 83 years. The mansion was built with the finest details, an expansive Italian garden, and Southern charm which completed the masterpiece. After the Allen family sold the mansion, the next owners turned the home into a boarding house. For the next 50 years, the Southern beauty became run down and dilapidated. The current owners bought the home in 1994 and restored it into today’s treasure. The beautiful and colorful Southern mansion is now one of Cape May’s crown jewels and hosts visitors from all over the world. The happy ghost of Ester Allen (George Allen’s niece) still lingers in the house, enjoying its new and elegant renovations, reminiscent of the house she once enjoyed many years ago.


Read more on Southern Mansion’s history here.


Our Southern Mansion is the perfect way to enjoy Cape May’s charm and hospitality. Our mansion offers restored charm and sophistication, Southern style, with period-appropriate furnishings and historic details that bring the past to life! Browse our accommodations and see what is waiting for you during your next Cape May vacation.


The Cape May Lighthouse

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Whether you enjoy sightings from “the other side” or not, the Cape May Lighthouse is a must-see during your stay in Cape May. Those who have climbed the lighthouse’s stairs to take advantage of the breathtaking views have seen a woman in white floating in the lighthouse. She is wearing a flowy dress holding a lantern in one hand and a child in the other. Be sure to climb the lighthouse at night as part of the Ghost of Cape May Trolley Tour.


Jackson Street

Spend your time strolling through Jackson Street with the many Victorian mansions, turned hotels, that haunt all who visit here. As one of the oldest streets in Cape May, Jackson Street brings with it a varied past and many hauntings that linger into the night.



Employees at this popular beach bar have claimed to hear rustling noises and doors opening and closing all on their own! The ghost is believed to be of an Irish woman who was outcast from society due to her child she had out of wedlock. Always anxiously awaiting the return of her lover, the woman would stand from the third floor, gazing out to sea. One day, a boat sighting sent her child out into the street only to be killed by a trolley in the excitement of her father possibly coming home. The mother in utter despair hung herself from the third-floor room, where her ghost still lingers.


Stay at Southern Mansion

Enjoy a stay at one of Cape May’s haunted houses and book a room at Southern Mansion. Our award-winning lodging in Cape May offers luxurious amenities, beautiful furnishings, and a convenient location to Cape May’s restaurant, beaches, and shops.

Be sure to view our monthly specials for savings on your Cape May lodging. 

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