In the days when Atlantic City was the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” the Fox Manor Hotel at 2707 Pacific Avenue was “the Honeymoon Hotel of Atlantic City.” Mildred and Tom Fox came to Atlantic City in the 1930s and entered the boarding house business. When Boardwalk hotels were taken over by the US Military during World War II, the Foxes saw the need for more visitor accommodations in the city, and took over the Embassy Apartments building, transforming it into Fox Manor. It was a pioneering hotel, being the first in the city to provide color television for its guests, and adopting the concept of vacation packages early on. Guests at Fox Manor were provided with swimming privileges at the Ambassador Hotel, as well as deals for various Boardwalk attractions. The hotel also provided many special accommodations for newlyweds, its primary clientele in the 1950s. Fox Manor had a special “honeymoon cottage” where a groom could carry his bride over the threshold, and many couples were photographed riding in the Fox Manor “Just Married” carriage. According to some polls, more couples honeymooned at Fox Manor than anywhere else in the country. However, as the motel craze shifted the focus of visitor accommodations in Atlantic City, Fox Manor decided in 1958 to drop its honeymoon concept. Mildred Fox instead used her property to provide accommodations for senior citizens without family support, a cause which she had spent several years promoting in Atlantic City. Mildred was also the first president of the women’s division of the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and had used her position to lobby for legalized gambling as a way to improve Atlantic City’s financial situation as early as 1958. She died in the Fox Manor Hotel in 2002, at the age of 92. The hotel still operates today.   H084.FoxManor001
 

 

For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:

Local History Subject Files – Hotels
Hotel Brochures – Heston Coll. 647.94
H040 Living History Collection – Oral History interview with Mildred Fox
Press of Atlantic City, articles from March 25, 2012 and March 7, 2002.

 A 1948 postcard image of the Fox Manor Hotel.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H084.FoxManor001.
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