Cape Island

Cape Island, The Jewel of the Jersey Shore is a comprehensive, chronological history of Cape May, New Jersey. It brings the people of the town to life and tells the stories of those Cape Islanders, who, through the ages, created the charming seaside village that we find today at the southernmost tip of New Jersey. They are a rugged band of individuals who began by stubbornly carving out a life from a cluster of whaler farmers’ homes on an exposed strip of storm lashed sand dunes, and evolved their lot into the Queen of Seaside Resorts.

About ten years ago John and Bernie Haas, the publisher of Cape May Magazine and, were chatting about Cape May history. Bernie said, in passing, that we needed a new version of the book about Cape May that Lewis Townsend Stevens wrote in 1897, History of Cape May County. Those words put a plan of action into John’s head that he couldn’t shake. He began the long trek of research, reading, and writing that ultimately resulted in Cape Island, The Jewel of the Jersey Shore. Stevens’ book ends in 1897. John’s book ends in 2011. The book is richly illustrated with John’s watercolors, drawings, photos, and postcard collection. It contains 252 pages completely indexed and a full listing of source references. It is a riveting good read, suitable for the beach or the coffee table, yet it is intended to be a source document for Cape May researchers far into the future.

Like Stevens’, John’s book begins with the Native Americans that resorted to Cape Island long before the first European explorers even thought of crossing the Atlantic. It focuses on the individuals and personalities of those that explored the Island, those that owned land on the Island, and those that developed the Island.

$30.95 + $7.00 S/H for a personally signed edition.

Juets Journal

Juet's Journal, A Translation. Join Henry Hudson and his crew on board their tiny ship, the Half Moon, as they endure the ice fields in the Barent Sea and great storms of the mighty Atlantic Ocean; admire Hudson’s ingenious responses to mutineers; wonder why as they do strange things like attacking and being attacked by Natives; feel their disappointments as time and again they must turn back from their goal, the elusive northern passage to wealth and fame. Sail up the mighty Hudson River with them almost to its headwaters. Experience their frustrations from running aground as they enter the Delaware Bay then anchor near the tip of Cape May, NJ.

In the summer of 1609, Hudson and his ship the Half Moon, sailing under the Dutch flag, explored the east coast of North America from present day Maine all the way south to Roanoke Island, NC, searching for a passage to the Orient. Robert Juet, Hudson’s clerk or ship’s mate kept a detailed log of the journey. His entries include the weather, sea state, descriptions of the lands around them and the natives of those lands. He produced the finest first person account of an exciting early historical voyage. Unfortunately for us, he wrote his journal using the archaic English of his time, and he used antiquated navigational tools. Consequently, only serious researchers can read his journal. You can read the original at

61 pages, soft cover $10 + $6 S/H


Sentinel of the Jersey Cape: the Story of the Cape May Lighthouse features over 60 photos and illustrations detailing the history, personalities and the technology of
one of the oldest working lighthouses in the United States. Authored by Cape May's renowned expert on the Cape May Lighthouse, this new book gives the reader a view of the lighthouse from the inside out that stretches across generations.

Discover the story of the Cape May Lighthouse through this beautifully designed and written edition. Features include: 120 Pages, including many fact-filled appendices. Hard cover and Smythe-sewn binding for long-lasting durability Printed in color throughout Clear, legible, easy-to-read type. Fully indexed.

$22.95 + $7.00 S/H for a personally signed edition.