Cape May has no greater champion
than Tom Carroll. No only has Tom (along with his wife Sue) taken innkeeping to new heights, he has been a local and statewide
leader in historic preservation and cultural tourism. He is also an outstanding civic leader in Cape May.
For 34 years, Tom and Sue operated the Mainstay Inn, which enjoyed a national
reputation as it was featured on the cover of five national magazines. The Mainstay Inn was selected by the Historic House
Association of America to receive an award for excellence in restoration and for its contribution to the preservation movement.
The Mainstay was also rated in the top 100 USA Resorts and Inns in the1999 ZAGAT SURVEY.
Tom’s civic leadership is seen through the Mid-Atlantic Center for the
Arts and Humanities, where he has twice served as President, and led in the restoration and preservation of the Emlen Physick
Estate and the Cape May Lighthouse.
is also a past Trustee and former Chairman of the New Jersey Historic Trust. Gov. Kean appointed him in 1986, and Governors
Florio and Whitman reappointed him. He completed 17 years of service in 2002. Currently Tom serves as a Vice Chair on the
New Jersey Cultural Trust.
Tom also serves
our country, and has received the Coast Guard Commandant’s Meritorious Service Award during assignment as Commanding
Officer, Reserve Unit Cape May.
Thank you Tom, for all that you do for Cape May, and Cape May Forum.