Trolley into Mark Twain Country Tours Start July 3 from New Location

Posted June 25, 2012

The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce’s Trolley into Mark Twain Country begins its 2012 summer tours on Tuesday, July 3. The trolley is operated as a joint effort between C TRAN (formerly Chemung County Transit) and the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, providing tours each summer to promote tourism in our area.

Guided tours aboard “The Elmiran” depart on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays from July 3 through September 1, with the exception of July 4. Riders may board from the lobby of the Chemung Valley History Museum, located at 415 East Water Street in Elmira. Opening Day riders will receive a limited edition Mark Twain poster.

During the tours that depart from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the trolley offers a 60-minute narrated tour of Elmira and its rich history including the Mark Twain Study, where the author wrote his most famous books; the Civil War Prison Camp site; historic Dunn Field; the Arnot Art Museum; the Chemung Valley History Museum; the Clemens Center; and the beautiful Maple Avenue and Near Westside districts with their lovely “Painted Lady” homes. The last trolley tour of each day (at 2 p.m.) offers a special route including Twain’s gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Sign-ups for the trolley tour and ticket sales are at the Chemung Valley History Museum information desk, (607) 734-4167. Adults are $4 and children 12 and younger are $2 when accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information about the trolley, visit www.marktwaincountry.com or call the Chamber at (607) 734-5137.

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