Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Case of the Cape May Series Book Author

I'm back after a relaxing weekend in Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is a ferry ride away for me and is a beautiful place to visit. It is billed as "The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort" and is actually celebrating it's 400th year anniversary this year. It has been preserved with beautiful Victorian homes from the 18th and 19th century. Bed and Breakfasts abound along with some beautiful hotels. Around every corner is another beautiful home to look at, and add the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, you have a pretty amazing place to visit. I stayed at the city's oldest hotel, The Chalfonte, built in 1876. Above is a pic of the hotel.

Cape May also hold's a piece of history in the world of series books. According to Seth Smolinske's Three Investigator Collectors Site, Robert Arthur lived in Cape May from 1962 until his death in 1969. Seth has a page on his website, and list's Arthur's address as 309 Franklin Street. In addition, Arthur wrote the first 10 Three Investigator's books there. After checking into the hotel and settling in, I asked where I could find Franklin Street. I was amazed to find out it was just around the corner on the next block. I had no problem finding 309 Franklin, and went to the house to take some pics. These pictures are the home as it looks now in 2009.

It was an incredible experience to stand at the location where some of my earliest series book memories began. I wonder where in the home he actually wrote his stories, where he dreamed those early stories of Jupiter, Pete and Bob. It was a privelege to see it myself, and it did feel like a special place, as is Cape May.

I did purchase a couple of Beverly Grays, but otherwise the book picks were rather slim. Hope you enjoyed the pics. I also included a couple more of the beautiful Chalfonte Hotel!


  1. Greetings, Jack! I am honored to be the first person to comment on your blog. It's a great idea to have a series book blog! I plan to follow it regularly. Good luck, and thanks for the post about your visit to Cape May. David Baumann

  2. I am also enjoying your blog. I have been to Cape May via the ferry from Delaware, but I had no idea of the Three Investigators connection. I remember walking around Cape May with my mouth open staring at all the houses.