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Trolley tours share the history of Lawrenceville

A trolley comes to a stop on East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville, to board passengers for a tour of the historical sites of Lawrenceville. (File photo)

A trolley comes to a stop on East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville, to board passengers for a tour of the historical sites of Lawrenceville. (File photo)

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Mary Frazier Long hosts a trolley tour of historical buildings and sights in Lawrenceville. The tour runs once each Saturday afternoon in May. (File photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville’s popular trolley tours of the city are back for the sixth year. Starting at 1 p.m. each Saturday in May on Historic Lawrenceville Square, visitors can board the trolley and take a tour around the city while hearing stories about the people and places of Lawrenceville from author Mary Frazier Long.

“There is so much rich history (in Lawrenceville),” said Rodney Camren, who organizes the tours. “(Riders) get to learn why the streets are named what they are. Once people ride it, they really enjoy it. It’s a great thing for Lawrenceville.”

Camren also said that a major difference between many other trolley tours and the one in Lawrenceville is that Lawrenceville’s is free.

“If you go to others around the country you’ll have to pay, but our business partners offset those costs,” he said. “This is a community effort by a group of people coming together to say they want this for their community.”

Riders are eligible for door prizes each week and will also receive goody bags with items from local businesses that sponsor the tours. The rides are first-come, first-serve, and each trolley holds 30 to 35 riders.

The trolley tours only run during the month of May. Remaining tours will be held on May 17, May 24 and May 31 at 1 p.m. and will begin at the fountain across the street from the Historic Courthouse on Crogan St. Admission is free for all riders.