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Lawrenceville continues trolley tours

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mary Long said her mother didn't want to live on an alley.

So when her family moved to Lawrenceville, Long's mother petitioned the city to change the name of Sassafras Alley to Luckie Street because she felt lucky to live in town.

Historical tidbits such as this will be shared on the Lawrenceville Trolley Tour. The final tour for May will take place at 2 p.m. today, and tours are tentatively scheduled to continue through June.

In its third year, the tour places a greater focus on history, said Rodney Camren, a real estate agent who organizes the event.

Camren said he's been digging into his family history, and it inspired him to learn more about the history of Lawrenceville as well.

"Cities have a history. Places have a history," Camren said. "And all of those contribute to where Lawrenceville is today."

Tour stops include the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church, where tour participants can see original parts of the church, and a historic cemetery.

"Come spend an hour in Lawrenceville on the trolley, and find out more about beginnings," Camren said.

The tour is free, and the trolley loads by the fountain on the Lawrenceville square, which is located on Crogan Street across from the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

Camren said tickets can be purchased online at www.newlawrenceville.com to guarantee a seat, and ticket sales will be donated to businesses that are trying to start up in the city.

Tickets are not required for the tour, and those who don't have tickets will be seated on a first come-first served basis.