West Cape May was incorporated in 1884. The Borough's name comes from Cape May, which was named for Cornelius Mey, a Dutch captain, who explored the area between 1611–1614.
The Borough's history goes back to the time of the Lenape Native Americans and several buildings date to the Colonial period. For example, the Whilldin-Miller House, a timber frame home built about 1715, is one of the oldest houses on Cape Island. The historic core of the Borough was placed on the National Register of Historic Places along with sections of the City of Cape May in 1976. The area has a rich agricultural history which continues to be celebrated each year with a summer farmers' market, and strawberry, tomato and lima bean festivals. Geographically, West Cape May is located on one of the world's top migratory paths for birds, butterflies and dragonflies. The diversity of forests, salt marshes, beaches, maritime forests and grasslands makes the area a key stopover point for migrating wildlife.
Note: The Borough of West Cape May's website and social media pages are maintained by the Borough and recorded through Archive Social. Click here to see the Borough's Social Media Policy.
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Our Police Department has linked with Nixle message delivery service, allowing residents to connect with the police department and stay informed of trusted, neighborhood-level public safety and community information, such as weather alerts, storms, emergency related events and more.
Use the links below to sign up for free alerts from the Cape May Police Department for West Cape May, The City of Cape May, Cape May Point.
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West Cape May proudly participates in the New Jersey Clean Communities Program, a statewide litter-abatement program whose mission is to reduce litter in public places, promote volunteer cleanup of public lands and sustain a reduction in litter through education. Click below for more information on the program.
Keep in mind NJ's Bag Ban!
State NJCC Website: www.njclean.org
State Bag Up NJ Website: www.bagupnj.com
NJDEP Single Use Plastics Website: https://www.nj.gov/dep/plastic-ban-law/
Sign Up for NJCC Newsletter: https://njclean.org/register-for-web-news
NJCC Certification Training: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/er0400ca.html