Sunsets and Diamonds
When the sun sinks slowly into Delaware Bay each evening it’s easy to remember why we live in
Lower Township. There are many reasons, of course, but mostly it comes back to those
sunsets, sunsets that rival Key West, with vibrant shades of pink, rose and peach splayed just
above the bay with streaks of late day sun poking through to accentuate colors that are
amazing, no matter the time of year.
Toss in a brewery and a couple of wineries, add a whole lot of history, more fresh fish and
produce than you can imagine plus a variety of neighborhoods under the umbrella of Lower
Township and it all adds up to a lifestyle that’s pretty darn good – and hard to beat just about
Our Native American friends, the Kechemeche Indians, part of the Lenni Lenape tribe, lived off
the land fishing and farming, for hundreds of years.
The known history of the township dates to the 1630s when Townbank was established – with
a deed preserved as the earliest one recorded in Cape May County. Whaler yeomen and their
families from New England and Long Island, following the whales from Cape Cod and Long
Island, settled along the Delaware Bay in 1635. The bay claimed those early homes centuries
ago but the legacy of those first families is preserved with streets named for them – Eldridge,
Gorham, Howland and others. In fact, this area, primarily the Cold Spring Presbyterian
Cemetery, is the final resting place for more descendants of Mayflower Pilgrims than any place
outside of Massachusetts. How’s that for bit of history!
Lower Township is the largest municipality in Cape May County with a population of about
23,000 people at the tip of the Cape May peninsula, between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware
Bay, with a shoreline along the bay that stretches for miles. Our population is a healthy mix of
families with school-age children, empty nesters and residents lucky enough to be retired – and
living in Lower Township
Our natural assets – oh those sunsets! – plus migratory bird flyways, horseshoe crabs and a
temperate climate are complimented with oyster farms, wineries, great restaurants, historic
attractions including Naval Air Station Wildwood – there’s a story with that name for another
day – Historic Cold Spring Village, the Fishing Creek School, Old Brick Church and the Cape May
Lighthouse. We’re also home to the Cape May Lewes Ferry, and Sunset Beach where we have
Cape May Diamonds on the beach – for free – just pick them up!
What more could you want? Sunsets and diamonds!