Nancy Musser recently sent me a clipping from the Cape May County Herald on the history of the Flanders Hotel.
It opened in 1923 and was named for the WW I Flanders Field. I can still repeat several lines of the poem, but cannot remember which English teacher made us memorize it. I always thought it was “In Flanders Field the poppies grow,” not “blow,” but a quick Google search proved me wrong all these years. Live and learn.
The article also mentions the strange sea creatures decorating the walls. They also impressed me, and I took this photo at our reunion. These duck-billed fish with eyes facing forward are not unique to the Flanders. Longwood Gardens has similar creatures carved on their fountains.