Newark Rotary Clock Project


Installed over 100 years ago by the Newark Trust Company (founded 1905), near the intersection of Academy and Main Streets, the free-standing four face post clock is an historic landmark in the downtown Newark streetscape and also popularly featured on T-shirts, posters, and yearbooks. In 2015, it was the center of attraction at a “back to the future” themed party hosted by Captain Blue Hen Comics.

In 1983 the clock stopped working after the fire at the Newark Opera House.

In 1990, the Newark Rotary Club refurbished and dedicated the clock to the city of Newark as the Club’s 50th anniversary project and has maintained the clock ever since. The Rotary insignia is shown on the four clock faces and the sidewalk side of the clock post has two plaques containing the dedication and the Rotary’s four-way test.

In 1992 a vandal smashed two faces of the clock. The miscreant was never brought to justice. The Newark Rotary Club again repaired the clock.

What’s Happening Now:

Newark Rotary continues to maintain the Clock. William Hart leads the maintenance effort and Chairs our Clock Restoration Committee.  We are raising money to restore the clock again. This process will include:

  • Replacing the clockworks - only two faces are currently telling time
  • Restoring the stained-glass faces
  • Repair and paint the clock case

Will you make a tax-deductible donation to help fund this labor of love?

Thank you,

William Hart
Clock Custodian, Newark Rotary Club

Checks can be made payable to:
Newark Rotary Club Service Foundation, a 501-C3
PO Box 721, Newark DE 19715

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