New Lawrenceville to host historic trolley tours


File Photo Passengers on the Lawrenceville Trolley learn about the history of the city for free during June.

If you go

What: Lawrenceville Trolley Tours

When: Every Saturday in June at 1 p.m.

Where: The fountain near La Cazuela, 179 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit newlawrenceville.com

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With school out and warmer weather, it's time to spend more time outside. Why not hitch a ride on an educational trolley to learn about Lawrenceville's history?

That's right -- the good, the bad and the ugly of the county seat.

For the fifth year, New Lawrenceville hosts the Lawrenceville Trolley Tours, which begins on Saturday.

Riders begin their journey beside the fountain near La Cazuela on West Crogan Street. From there, they will travel throughout the city, stopping at landmarks with a past.

Keep in mind, the tours are first come, first serve. It is recommended to arrive early to reserve one of the 30 spots on the trolley.

On the tour, author and historian Mary Long tells the stories of several landmarks in the city, including the native Indians near Rhodes Jordan Park, the Old Historic Cemetery, where most of the Lawrenceville founders were laid to rest, and the seven soldiers who were buried on the Historic Courthouse grounds in one grave.

Other stops include Honest Alley, Lawrenceville's First Baptist Church, the Aurora Theatre and the old jail on Pike Street.

And there are more stories like this along the ride, including who Lawrenceville was named after, dates for specific events and why Five Forks Trickum got its name.

The tours last approximately one hour with door prizes given out to riders. At the end of the tour, participants receive a goody bag filled with items from the local business owners and sponsors.

New Lawrenceville is a nonprofit organization of volunteers in the city of Lawrenceville dedicated to "bringing community together and never using tax payers' dollars for promoting the city of Lawrenceville."