The Ralston Physick House traces back to circa 1850, showing framing of the same type as in the "Colonial House" (Historical Society) located at 653 1/2 Washington Street. It's visible structure today is circa 1869 which leads us to believe the circa 1850 (older) part of the house is at the center. This graceful Italiate house is known for its historical connection to the prominent Physick family. The original house was built across the street from its present location on what is now known as the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian House Museum. The main house and land was owned by Mrs. Francis M. Ralston (Dr. Emlen Physicks mother). Dr. Emlen Physick then purchased the land from her and had the house moved to its present location so he could build his home. He reportedly occupied and took meals here while his house was under construction.
Today, The Ralston-Physick House provides year round apartment guest accommodations combining the elegance of times past with modern conveniences of the present. Our apartment suites (sleep 4-5) are beautifully decorated with period antiques and arts & craft furnishings. We also provide fully equipped kitchens, private baths, air conditioners, color TV, cable, VCR, outdoor picnic area with gas grill, outside shower and shed for bikes. A fresh breeze awaits you on your mahogany wrap around porch and you may also endure the pleasure of our perennial garden with sitting and dining area. We invite you to browse our tour section to introduce you to the pleasant surroundings you may encounter, should you decide to stay with us during your next trip to Victorian Cape May!