Hop aboard a historic trolley for a one-hour guided tour of where Mark Twain summered for twenty years, wrote many of his classics, and was buried alongside his beloved family. All tours include a stop to go inside the Mark Twain Study at Elmira College, the very place such lovable characters as Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher first came to life!
Guided tours aboard the air-conditioned trolley depart on the hour from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Tuesdays - Saturdays in July and August. The trolley will be operating on July 4. Riders may board from the lobby of the Chemung Valley History Museum, located at 415 East Water Street in Elmira.
During the tours that depart from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 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; the Arnot Art Museum; the Chemung Valley History Museum; the Clemens Center; the beautiful Maple Avenue District and Near Westside District with their lovely “Painted Lady” homes; and historic Dunn Field. The last trolley tour of each day features the Mark Twain Study as well as Twain’s gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery, with a variety of other attractions along the route.
Rides are $8 for adults, $4 for students 5-18 years, and free for children 4 and under. For an additional $2, trolley riders may also tour the Chemung Valley History Museum. Reservations are suggested, but not required, and may be made by calling the museum at (607)734-4167. For more information about the trolley, visit www.marktwaincountry.com or call the Chamber at (607) 734-5137.