I've been lurking for a while now and have wanted to contribute but kept thinking I had no pictures so far. Well, a few days ago mausdriver posted some pictures of a World War II bunker and I realized I'd been there, in June of this year.
As I was going through the pictures I took I realized that I'd captured several other abandoned structures. So, I thought I'd share what I took.
More of the World War II bunker, all from this year.
An outflow pipe. Right into the ocean.
We took a boat ride up the inter-coastal waterway from Cape May north. This is a ship that was scuttled in the channel. I think that is Wildwood NJ in the background.
Not sure if this set of barges has been abandoned or not, but they look it. This was also up in the inter-coastal waterway, near the scuttled ship.
This is the remains of the concrete ship Atlantus, off Sunset Beach.
Cape May first became a vacation destination in the 1700s. Many Victorian houses were built for people wishing to escape the summer heat in places like Philadelphia.
By the end of the 1800s it was much less popular than other East Coast resort towns, like Atlantic City just a few miles to the north. Over the next few decades the city was largely abandoned. But starting in the 1970s the city began promoting itself as a family vacation destination again, and renovating many of the original homes. The entire city is now designated a National History Landmark.
Many of the houses are open to the public for tours or rentals. We stayed in a big old Victorian that was in the process of being renovated. We could see old frescoes on the ceiling.
It's a great destination if you love to see abandoned places that have come back to life.
More about Cape May.