Newark Historic Places Tour, Newark

Founded in 1666, Newark is home to numerous historic places, such as districts, buildings, parks, cemeteries and statuary. Many of its old constructions are veritable masterpieces and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Take the next self-guided tour to find the most interesting historic sights in the city.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Newark Historic Places Tour Map

Guide Name: Newark Historic Places Tour
Guide Location: USA » Newark (See other walking tours in Newark)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km
Author: leticia
Pennsylvania Station

1) Pennsylvania Station

Pennsylvania Station, or Newark Penn Station, is a major transportation hub in Newark. Located at Raymond Plaza, between Market Street and Raymond Boulevard, Newark Penn Station is served by the Newark Light Rail, New Jersey Transit commuter rail, Amtrak long distance trains, the PATH rapid transit system, and local, regional and national bus services (NJ Transit, Greyhound, and other private operators).

Designed by the renowned architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, the station is a mixture of Art Deco and Neo-Classical. The interior of the main waiting room has medallions illustrating the history of transportation, from wagons to steamships to cars and airplanes, the eventual doom of the railroad age. The current building was dedicated on March 23, 1935; the first regular train to use it was a New York–Philadelphia express at 10:17 on March 24. The new station was built alongside (northwest of) the old station, which was then demolished and replaced by the southeast half of the present station, completed in 1937. Except for the separate, underground Newark Light Rail station, tracks are elevated above street level. Newark Penn Station is still frequented by the intercity Northeast Corridor Amtrak service, but most of its passengers are commuters.

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Newark City Hall

2) Newark City Hall

Newark City Hall, is located at Government Center. The building was built in 1902 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 17, 1978. The building is a five story Beaux Arts style building with a golden dome; built at a cost of $2.6 Million. The interior of the building features carved marble, a grand central staircase, stained-glass skylights, decorative plaster and wrought-iron works. Developer Harry Grant paid to have the dome covered in 24 carat gold in 1986. Newark City Hall was renovated in 2006 at a cost of $18 Million.

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The Feigenspan Mansion

3) The Feigenspan Mansion

The Feigenspan Mansion is another prominent historic sight of Newark. Located at 710 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the building dates back to 1905. This fine, four-storey house was built for Christian Feigenspan, owner of one of the largest breweries in USA. The building was constructed in Second Renaissance Revival Style by Warrington Lawrence and is one of a few buildings of this type. Now Feigenspan Mansion is home to the Community Agencies Corporation.
The Krueger-Scott Mansion

4) The Krueger-Scott Mansion

The Krueger-Scott Mansion was built on the corner of Court and High Street (now Martin Luther King Boulevard) in 1888 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 9, 1972. The mansion was built in 1888 by Gottfried Krueger (1837–1926), founder of Newark's Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company and owner of several other breweries. The construction cost at the time was $250,000. The mansion was sold to the Valley of Newark Scottish Rite Freemasons in 1926 for $100,000.

The mansion was purchased in 1958 by Louise Scott for $85,000. Scott operated a beauty school out of the first floor of the mansion while keeping the upper levels as her private residence. Scott died in 1982 and ownership of the mansion passed to the city of Newark. In 1991, the New Jersey Historic Trust funded a bond for $625,812 to stabilize the exterior of the building. The mansion is a three story brick late Victorian style building with a five story circular tower. A wrap around porch, steeply pitched roof, asymmetrical facade and arched front entryway are characteristic of the Queen Anne Style. The building is a balloon frame structure with a brick facade. The interior consists of lath and plaster walls with wallpaper covering and wood molding. The flooring is made of hardwood set into patterns.

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Essex County Courthouse

5) Essex County Courthouse

Essex County Courthouse can be found in the center of the city, at 50 West Market Street. The building was constructed by Piccirilli Bros., Cass Gilbert in Renaissance Architectural Style. This historical building dates back to 1906 and features fine marble columns, ornaments and a glass-domed roof. At the main entrance you will see statues depicting "Truth" and "Power", and nine allegorical statues over the pediment.
Essex County Park Commission Administration Building

6) Essex County Park Commission Administration Building

Essex County Park Commission Administration Building is another prominent historical building in Newark. This government building was constructed according to the plans of Magonicle, H. Van Buren in 1894. This historic landmark represents Renaissance architectural style and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Now it houses a government office.
Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

7) Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

Located at 151 Broadway, Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church represents the oldest Black Church in Newark. This magnificent historical religious building was constructed in 1874 according to plans by well-known architect William Appleton Potter. The church is an excellent example of High Victorian Gothic style and it possesses beautiful stained glass windows and detailed polished woodwork. The Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery

8) Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a large Victorian-era cemetery in Newark's North Ward. It is located on the west bank of the Passaic River in Newark's Broadway neighborhood, opposite Kearny. It occupies approximately 40 acres (162,000 m²) and is widely used as a park. The cemetery is listed on both the New Jersey Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

The graves of some of Newark's most eminent citizens are within Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The cemetery is dominated by the marble mausoleum of John Fairfield Dryden, the founder of Prudential Financial. Other notable interees include Marcus Lawrence Ward, Governor of New Jersey; Seth Boyden, inventor of patent leather; and Mary Stillman, first wife of Thomas Edison. Mount Pleasant also contains graves of members of the Kinney, Ballantine, and Frelinghuysen families.

The cemetery itself was opened and incorporated in 1844, but there are graves that date back to the mid-17th century, which were moved from older graveyards that were crowded out due to development.

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Walking Tours in Newark, New Jersey

Create Your Own Walk in Newark

Create Your Own Walk in Newark

Creating your own self-guided walk in Newark is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Art Galleries of Newark

Museums and Art Galleries of Newark

Newark has a good reputation among cities from the east coast of the United States. Lots of Newark historical exhibitions await you in order to unveil their heritage that has travelled through centuries right up until the present day. Newark sends you a letter of invitation to visit its proud museums and art galleries whereby the remarkable history of this fair city is stored.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Newark, the most populous city of New Jersey, is a major transportation hub, but also home to a number of cultural and historic attractions. Among them the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), a venue for big-name concerts and shows, as well as Newark Museum, holding a vast collection of American paintings and sculptures. To learn what else is there to see in Newark, follow this orientation walk and find out.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Newark for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Newark has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Newark, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.