NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

July 1, 2013

Mobile tour of Heritage Trail to be launched Wednesday

STAFF REPORTS
Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — City officials will officially launch the Clipper Heritage Trail mobile tour, www.clipperheritagetrail.com/tour, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Market Square.

Those with the right tools can use smartphones, IPads and tablets to download a free program about local tourist locations and read about 26 historic points of interests in the downtown area.

Architect of the resource was local historian Ghlee Woodworth.

A map and images are provided and each location is marked with a distinctive Heritage Trail granite paver installed into the brick sidewalks.

Municipal leaders say users can step back in time to walk in the footsteps of those who have lived here in the past and see what they saw.

The mobile tour is the third phase of the Clipper Heritage Trail project.

The full website features a welcome video, 12 self-guided history tours describing 125 different locations of historic points of interest with over 200 historical images and downloadable maps and brochures.

This site also includes a historical timeline, local resources and publications, bibliographies and quotes of those who lived in Newburyport during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The trail is designed to assist schools, residents, day trippers and tourists in discovering Newburyport’s history.

Mayor Donna Holaday said, in a statement, “I am so grateful to Ghlee Woodworth for the extensive research and work she put into creating this wonderful, easily accessible mobile tour and website.

“It is exciting to finally be able to share the history of our city with residents, school children and tourists.”