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Early advertisement for the historic Cape May Congress Hall hotel...



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July 13, 1851

THE DAILY UNION, City of Washington, D.C., July 13, 1851

* Congress Hall Hotel advertisement
* Pre Civil War Cape May, New Jersey


Among the advertisements on page 2 is one for the Congress Hall Hotel, headed: "Sea Bathing, Cape May, N.J." and beginning: "Congress Hall is now open for the reception of visitors..." with various detail.
Congress Hall is a very historic hotel in Cape May, first constructed in 1816 as a wooden boarding house at the new resort of Cape May. When the owner was elected to the House of Representatives he changed the name to Congress Hall. It burned to the ground in Cape May's Great Fire of 1878 but within a year its owners had rebuilt the hotel in brick.
While serving as President, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant and Benjamin Harrison vacationed at Congress Hall, and Harrison made it his official Summer White House. John Philip Sousa was a regular visitor, about which he composed the "Congress Hall March". The hotel remains open to this day.
Four pages, minimal margin wear, good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War