Online tool attracts modern audience to Newburyport history

Newburyport history buff Ghlee Woodworth demonstrates the mobile version of her Clipper Heritage Trail website.
Newburyport history buff Ghlee Woodworth demonstrates the mobile version of her Clipper Heritage Trail website.Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

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NEWBURYPORT — Native and local history maven Ghlee Woodworth says she was at the Historical Society of Old Newbury here in 2010 when the curator showed her a recent find promoting something called the Clipper Trail. “And I said, ‘I think I remember this sign.’ ”

Woodworth decided it was time to re-blaze that trail, but bigger and better – and on the Internet.

Nearly three years later, the Clipper Heritage Trail is up and running, with a website at www.clipperheritagetrail.com that outlines 13 tours of Newburyport and provides information on roughly 125 historical points of interest in the town.

There’s a mobile version that smartphone users can take along as they walk, bike, or drive that includes downloadable maps and brochures.

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