Trolley tales: Tours treat passengers to history of Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE - All aboard for trolley tours.

Part of a 13-week stimulus plan to draw people to downtown Lawrenceville on Sundays, the local community - business owners, churches, realtors and homeowners - is offering tours aboard Annabel, a 30-seat open-air trolley.

"This is truly a story of the Lawrenceville community re-energizing itself to do better during these economic hard times," said Rodney Camren, a local realtor who coordinates the tours.

Two tours are given every Sunday, when riders can take in the sights of the city while listening to local historian and author Mary Long as she entertains passengers with stories detailing the history of the oldest city in the original metro Atlanta area.

"She's just been one of the biggest assets to (the tours)," Camren said. "She is just full of rich information. People love her. She keeps them laughing."

During tours, various downtown business owners board the trolley to tell passengers about their businesses. Door prizes, including gift certificates for products and services at local businesses, are given away throughout the tour, along with goodie bags for each passenger when tours end. Passengers disembark from the trolley to visit a few homes for sale in Lawrenceville.

Trolley tours are free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Passengers can board the trolley near the front entrance of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

SideBar: If you ride

· What: Lawrenceville Trolley Tour of Homes

· When: 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 28

· Where: Tours depart near the front entrance of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville

· Cost: Free

· For more information: E-mail Rodney