The Chalfonte Hotel was built in 1876, which makes it the longest-standing hotel in Cape May - the latest Congress Hall (the third version of it) was built in 1878. The story of the Chalfonte is the story of America. It was built by a Civil War hero from the north then later passed into the hands of the quintessential Southern family, who created traditions that still thrive today. This is a book that's packed with charming anecdotes about an unforgettable hotel. You can check out of hotel Chalfonte, but you can never really leave.