ELIZABETH, NJ - On Sunday, March 22, the public is invited on a walking tour of Hampton Place, Elizabeth and vicinity.

The tour will be led by Paula Borenstein, researcher and advocate for historic preservation.  She is one of the founders of the Elizabeth Arts Council (EAC), current Vice President and chairperson of the EAC Historic Preservation Committee.

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The tour will begin 2:30 PM on the steps of Elizabeth City Hall. 

Hampton Place has a unique architectural and cultural history, reflecting economic and social changes that have taken place in the city of Elizabeth from the mid 1800’s until now.  Hampton Place and adjacent streets - Madison, Lafayette, William and Catherine – though, unfortunately, not included in the Midtown Elizabeth Historic District, reveal much about the city and its people.  Of note are the prominent African Americans residents who made significant contributions to Elizabeth and beyond.  Examples are famed composer Clarence Cameron White, Dr. Richard Payne, pioneer in the field of pain relief and the respected, public-spirited Nesbitt family. 

General Winfield Scott, for whom Scott Park is named, resided for many years in a Federal style mansion built in colonial times, on the corner of East Jersey Street and Madison Avenue.    The mansion was demolished in 1928, and later became a gas station.  Elizabeth’s City Hall once stood at one end of the park fronting Elizabeth Avenue.

All this and much more local history and biography will be presented during the tour.  There is no admission fee.  Wear your walking shoes!

This history program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART (History, Education, Art Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For more information, and, in case of inclement weather, please phone Paula at 908.289.3584.