Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Summerville Trolley Tours are taking off again this Friday, Feb. 7, after a month-long hiatus and reorganization.
Summerville DREAM began managing the tours after the conclusion of the 2013 tour season. The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce previously organized the tours.
Now under new management, the tours will be changing this year, said DREAM Director Jan Hursey.
“For starters, the Summerville Dorchester Museum is going to be the new start and stop point for all the tours, so they will be originating downtown,” she said.
DREAM has also increased the number of tours, from one tour day each month, three tours per day, to three tour days per month, two tours per day.
Hursey said right now only two people are leading the tours, but DREAM is in search of more volunteers with outgoing personalities and flexible schedules to learn to become tour guides. She said DREAM will be launching a training program soon.
The tours will be expanding this year to include four different themes, which will highlight different elements of area history, in addition to the historic city tour that forms the basis of each trolley ride: “Good Eats” with a special focus on culinary traditions, a visit to the Timrod Library, low tea at the Summerville Dorchester Museum and a tour of Linwood Gardens.
Tickets for the hour-long tours cost $27 and include admission to the Summerville Dorchester Museum. They will take place on the first three Fridays of every month, departing at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Originally the tours were designed to help support the growing tourism industry within Summerville, but Hursey said locals should also have an interest in taking a trolley ride.
“We’ve found that for the locals it’s all about learning about their town. Summerville has so much history and people don’t even know about it,” Hursey said. “We think it’s important for locals to take the tours to learn about history, get familiar with new things in the downtown area, and it also helps create a sense of belonging to the town. If you know the history you’re going to feel more connected.”