In 2018, BikeNewark co-sponsored a tour of some of downtown Newark’s many historic buildings.
This five-mile bike tour featured 20 of Newark’s historic buildings, and tour guide Jim Jones discussed the histories of Newark and of each building, as well as the buildings’ architectural features. The tour looped around the Main Street vicinity, with a couple of outlying stops, for a total of twelve stops. The duration of each stop ranged from five to ten minutes, during which the guide discussed the buildings and participants had the opportunity to ask questions.
The tour began at Academy Square, which is the square at the southeast corner of East Main Street and Academy Street. Close to the middle of the tour, there was be a 15-minute break at a coffee shop. The tour ended at the historical Deer Park Tavern, where tour participants were invited to continue the conversation.
The research for this tour was conducted by Gemma Tierney and Jamie Magee, volunteers at the Newark Bike Project, one of BikeNewark’s partners. They also created a map that includes their research on each building.