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History

Before America was, Newark was already happening.  As an early outpost in the New World, it served from the beginning to bring together cultures and commerce.  Even then, it was a melting pot brimming with indigenous and imported foods, arts, music and entertainments. Newark has been a tourist destination since the 1600s with the first recorded hotel opening back in 1670.

The city has inspired radical thoughts. Thomas Paine penned the immortal words of The American Crisis, which roused the rally cry reinvigorating discouraged soldiers, while camped fireside in 1776. We've set precedents, creating the first county park, the first skyway, first public golf course, the nation's first commercial airline terminal, and were the first to broadcast the World Series over the airwaves. We are innovators, creators, seekers and tinkerers perfecting patent leather, creating malleable iron, celluloid, the universal stock ticker and even that delicious Oreo cream filling.

We've born beauty, planted the seeds for generations, erected magnificent churches, parks and buildings, and have produced works that inspire a nation.  We've paid homage to our heroes, like Wars of America and Seated Lincoln, sculptures built by Gutzon Borglum of Mount Rushmore fame.

We have come through turbulent times, times of struggle, digging deep, collectively searching, seeking, believing in Newark and something beyond. We have reinvested, reinvigorated, rebounded while the world stood by. We have soared, built new institutions, an explosion of building, of blossoming, attracting new events, new businesses, new people who have come and contributed to a city's rebirth. Now Newark is the place to be, to be seen, to see the unexpected. We welcome you to open doors and visit our galleries, explore our cultural institutions and our world-class attractions. People are coming together to experience something unique and leaving with a wholly different perspective of this special city.

Enjoy a walk through Newark's history with David Hartman and Historian Barry Lewis.

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Belcher-Ogden Mansion

This historic mansion dates back to the 1600s was once the residence of Royal Governor Jonathan

Boxwood Hall

Boxwood Hall was built around 1750 and was the former residence of Elias Boudinot - president of

Hersh Tower

Built during the height of the Depression, the 14-story structure is not only the tallest building

Military Park

NY Times, Carly Berwick reviews ..."Exploring Cafes and Culture in Downtown Newark." The Wall

New Jersey Historical Society

Founded in 1845, the New Jersey Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in the state.

Newark Public Library

The historic Newark Public Library traces its beginnings to the Newark Library Association, which

The Bonnell House

Built prior to 1682 by Nathaniel Bonnell, the Bonnell House is believed to be the oldest house in

Union Square

As one of the oldest streets in North America and an important portal during the revolutionary War,