JOHN D. WILEY, MD
This beautifully-appointed room with a queen size bed was the office of the original builder of the Doctor’s Inn. The only room located on the first floor, this room is ADA accessible.
This room is named after Dr. John Wiley, who was born in Salem, New Jersey. He graduated from Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, PA and came to Cape May Court House when he bought the medical practice of Dr. Fifield whose office was two doors down on Main Street. After about twelve years he married the daughter of Hetty and Daniel Hand, who had by that time inherited a considerable amount of land. When he built this house in 1854, his medical practice was actually in the space where Room #0 is now located.
When the Civil War broke out this clean shaven Union sympathizer left Cape May Court House and became an army surgeon. When he returned home with a full beard and weary from the war he lived out the duration of his life until his death on Christmas Eve in 1891.
Always ahead of his time he was the first in town with indoor plumbing and he believed in the education of women. His elder daughter, Adele married into the Elmer Family. Adele had gone to St. Mary’s Hall in Burlington, New Jersey, a facility that still exists. This was the most advanced education for women available in the United States. The town of Elmer, New Jersey was named for Adele’s new family. Her daughter, Edith Elmer, married into the Wood Family.
ALBERT E. WOOD
Features a queen size bed, steam shower, and a view of historic main street.
Albert Elmer Wood, Phd. was born in the room and it bears his name today. He attended Penn Charter School in Philadelphia and Poly Prep in Brooklyn New York, majoring in Geology. Further studies included comparative anatomy at Columbia University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Psi. Called to World War II, he was a gunnery instructor at Ft. Still and later was sent to France eight days after D-Day. A large shell exploded under his bed and after various surgeries he returned home. He was professor of Geology and Comparative Anatomy at Amherst University in Massachusetts.
Returning from the Army as Colonel, Dr. Wood still continues his research and compiling his family’s history, which is now over 20 feet long and dates back to the 4th son of Noah. His biggest find during the days that he searched for prehistoric fossils, was a rodent he named after his wife calling it “Franimys”. This fossil was found in northern Wyoming. Dr. Wood lived all over the world and is now living in the house that is next to the Doctor’s Inn on Mechanic Street. He lives on the portion of property he and his brother divided after the war.
ELIZABETH E. WOOD
~ Bridal Suite ~
Our bridal suite features a king bed, separate sitting room, vanity with sink, Jacuzzi tub, built in armoire, and a balcony overlooking our lush gardens.
This room is named after Edith Wood, Phd., born on September 24, 1871. She entered Smith College at sixteen and graduated three years later at the top of her class. She studied also in France being fluent both in French and German. She loved to paint, but after a summer in France decided the Bohemian artistic lifestyle was not for her so she then turned to writing. A prolific author, she published between 20 and 30 short stories, books, and novels. However, her great grandmother Hetty was very disappointed in her when at the ripe age of eighteen she showed no signs of marrying. Hetty very much wanted to be a great-great-grandmother saying “anyone can be a great grandmother but a great-great-grandmother is a real accomplishment!” Edith, however, had other ideas. Her father was a Naval Officer who taught at Annapolis and Edith often sat in on classes with men, which was unheard of in those days. Eventually, she met and married a naval officer in 1892 and followed him around the world learning both Japanese and Korean amidst her travels.
Their four-year-old son died of meningitis in Japan and their French nursemaid contracted tuberculosis in Puerto Rico, twice. Edith’s subsequent research of tuberculosis led her to be founder of the Anti-Tuberculosis Society in Puerto Rico and helped raise money for a sanitarium.
A move to Washington D.C. piqued her interested in the problems of low and middle-income housing. Fearing she did not know enough she enrolled at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D in Sociology. Her book of housing problems published in 1919 became a textbook and standard as well as her updated version in 1935.
Her husband retired his naval career and wanted to farm in Cape May Court House so they returned here. She had fallen down the steps on this property on a previous visit and did not want to live here so they moved to another house on the property after a few years.
THE CRAWFORD SUITE
The Crawford Suite is a 3-room suite with two bathrooms with a separate dressing room and vanity area. One bathroom includes a Jacuzzi tub and steam shower. The second bathroom is new in 2020 and features a claw-footed tub.
THE CRAWFORD SUITE
Largest bedroom in the Crawford suite. It’s the original bedroom of Dr. and Mrs. Wiley. It contains a king size bed, walk in closet, table with chairs, and faces main street.
THE CRAWFORD SUITE
Quaint room with a double bed, armoire, and love seat.
THE CRAWFORD SUITE
Features a queen size bed, separate sitting area with table and chairs, balcony, and southern exposure overlooking the South lawn.
This suite is named after a previous owner of the Inn, Dr. Carolyn Crawford a neonatologist. When she purchased it in 1993 the building was in a state of deterioration. Through a significant capital investment and a vision, she revived the grandeur of the Doctor’s Inn. This suite was her residence during her proprietorship.
ROGER C. WOOD
Room 3 features a queen size bed, bureau, Jacuzzi tub in bathroom, and a small closet.
The namesake for this room, Roger Cognant Wood Ph.D, went to Princeton University where he received his Masters Degree in Geology. He then attended Harvard University where he graduated with a Ph.D. He is now on the faculty of Stockton University and resides in Avalon. Roger invented a special net, which keeps Terrapin turtles from getting caught in lobster traps. Terrapins were an endangered species as a result of their being able to find their way into these traps. As a result of this invention lobsterman found they were now only catching bigger and better lobsters. Thus, the invention has a two-fold positive effect both ecologically and economically, two situations that do not always work in tandem.
HORACE E. WOOD
Features a queen size bed, bathroom features a skylight and Jacuzzi tub, and period armoire.
This room is named after Horace Elmer Wood II Ph.D, a graduate of Princeton in 1921 with a doctorate in Geology from Columbia University in 1926. He was also a vertebrate paleontolologist with a specific interest in rhino fossils. While attending Washington Square College in New York he switched from Geology to Zoology. From there he went to Newark College, know known as Rutgers University where he became a professor of Biology. He joined the Air Force during World War II and because of his fluency in French taught cadets from France stationed in Alabama who were studying our military air expertise. After returning to Cape May Court House his health began to deteriorate and he retired from teaching early. Horace and his wife, Florence Dowden Wood, lived in this house until their death.
ALBERT F. WOOD
Features a king size bed, bathroom features a skylight and Jacuzzi tub, large armoire and bureau. This room can adjoin to room 6 for families or couples traveling together.
Albert Frederick is the son of Albert Elmer Wood. He is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia where he received his M.D. He received his B.A. from Amherst University, which he loved ever since his father had taught there. During the Vietnam War he was a flight surgeon in both Vietnam and Thailand. Specializing in Urology, he currently resides in San Francisco, California.
Dr. & Mrs. Albert F. Wood on a recent visit to the Doctors Inn.
FLORENCE D. WOOD
Two room suite with a separate sitting area that contains a desk and love seat. This room features a queen size bed, armoire and bureau, and a two person Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. Bright southern exposure. This room can adjoin to room 5 for families or couples traveling together.
Florence Dowden Wood, Phd. received her doctorate in Zoology from Yale. She was the first female graduate student from Yale with a doctorate in Zoology. A visiting professor impressed with Florence introduced her to the study of Arachnoids and Lobsters, which would become her life’s work. After the death of her husband she lived alone for many years. She was the last original family member to occupy this house.