An 1877 Victorian gable-roofed cottage-style home lovingly restored to its original elegance, the Henry Sawyer Inn is centrally located on quiet, residential, gas-lit Columbia Avenue in Cape May's primary historic district. Henry Sawyer Inn is a FAMILY BUSINESS, founded, owned and operated by the Morris family. The inn offers beautiful rooms and suites in a gracious and welcoming environment reminiscent of a bygone era, yet filled with modern amenities. Unwind on the inn’s spacious and breezy veranda, relax in the inn’s comfortable and beckoning parlor, enjoy the parlor’s crackling fireplace, delight in the inn’s extensive Hummel collection, needlework and other art which decorate this special inn throughout. The beautifully appointed inn is open year round, offering wonderful summer vacations, romantic weekend getaways, Murder Mystery Weekends, unique decorations at Christmas and pure relaxation anytime. The Inn is located in the heart of the historic district. From the inn, it is a short walk to the Washington Street Mall, Washington Square stores, major antiques shops, tennis courts, ocean promenade and beach, as well as Cape May's fine restaurants and unique theater.
The Henry Sawyer Inn was built in 1877 by Eldridge Johnson, then the treasurer of Cape May, president of the Cape May Savings and Building Association, and trustee of the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Johnson purchased the property on which he built his home from Henry Sawyer, Cape May's Civil War hero, builder and proprietor of the Chalfonte Hotel, and Cape May city councilman.
Eldridge Johnson lived in this home for 33 years during his long and unique career of public leadership in Cape May.
A plaque on the inn commemorates Mr. Johnson, the inn is named for Mr. Sawyer, and rooms at the inn are named for the ladies in the Johnson & Sawyer families.
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