Memorial Day weekend was beautiful at the New Jersey shore this year. Weather there can be unpredictable at times. For an alternative to enjoying the beach, we recommend an interesting antiquing expedition on the way to Cape May.
Drive south on Route 9 from Ocean City, New Jersey. You will see the usual antiques malls but also some privately owned shops. Arthur Schwerdt owns the August Farmhouse (1759 North Route) in Cape May Courthouse. Arthur fills this lovely Victorian home with antiques. It’s worth a stop to see the home and hear Arthur’s stories. I bought his book for $20 and took a look at his Chinese export porcelain from a local estate.
Next, we stopped at Ancient of Days (1401 North Route 9) in Swainton. Dottie, the owner, specializes in primitives. She cleverly arranged several cottages surrounding a huge flowering tree on her property to simulate a courtyard. It was pleasant and cool on a hot day. Decorators would find Dottie’s pieces useful. After a long chat, Dottie recommended a visit Dennisville.
Dennisville is a surprise step back in time. First, we stopped by Connie’s Antiques and Collectibles (Petersburg & Academy Roads). Connie was just back from a successful antiques show in Avalon. She told us to return when she had more to offer. If I had room in the car, I would have bought a robin’s egg blue spool cabinet – beautiful and practical. Call to see if she still has it.
The focal point of Dennisville is the fuchsia house and shop of Deborah Finley. Deborah specializes in jewelry, but if she has time, she will take you around to see the interior of her home. A house tour in December features this historic home.