Fall kick-off tour focuses on Jewish heritage
ATLANTIC CITY – After a very successful summer in which all four tours sold out, the AC Walking Tour Series will return this fall with three ways to get familiar with Atlantic City’s distinct neighborhoods.
The series, which is coordinated by Stockton Continuing Studies, allows people to actively learn more about historical landmarks, events and prominent figures in the seaside resort.
Tours cost $10 each and are led and created by Atlantic City historian and Stockton Adjunct Professor Levi Fox. Each tour runs on a Friday from noon to 2 p.m. covering between two and three miles of parks, city streets and the Boardwalk.
“Continuing Studies is thrilled the community reacted so positively to the Summer 2022 Walking Tours,” said Diane Strelczyk, assistant director of the Office of Continuing Studies. “We have plans to continue through the spring and summer 2023. We also have wonderful partners in the local neighborhood associations of the Chelsea Economic Development Corporation and the Ducktown Community Development Corporation who keep the programs accessible to more folks every day.”
The series kicks off Oct. 14 with the Lower Chelsea Neighborhood Tour, which starts at the John F. Scarpa Academic Center, 3711 Atlantic Ave., and ends at Congregation Rodef Shalom Temple, 4609 Atlantic Ave. It will feature the Jewish heritage of the neighborhood, including a tailor shop and a union headquarters.
Fox is excited about the new Northside Heritage Tour on Oct. 28, which focuses on the predominantly African American neighborhood founded prior to the Great Migration. The “city within a city” was originally a result of racial segregation.
“I am gratified by the positive community response, and most excited to add more neighborhoods starting this fall with a Northside tour focused on churches, schools, businesses, local leaders and Atlantic City’s role in the national movement for civil rights progress,” Fox said.
The tour will begin at St. James AME Church, 101 N. New York Ave. and ends at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk.
The tours wrap up Nov. 4 with a Ducktown Revitalization Tour. Once known as the city’s “Little Italy,” it’s now known for its budding art scene, great restaurants and The Walk shopping mall. Notable sites include the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, White House Sub Shop, Dock Oyster House and the historic 500 Club site. The tour starts at the Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., and ends at The Walk Parking Lot, 2301 Fairmount Ave.
PHOTOS: (credit: Loukaia Taylor, Stockton University)
fallactour1: Atlantic City historian and Stockton Adjunct Professor Levi Fox leads a summer walking tour in the city. Fox will lead three tours this fall.
fallactour2: The Northside Heritage Tour, which is new this fall, will make a stop at Atlantic City’s Civil Rights Garden.