Norwalk Preservation Trust's third annual Living History will bring trolley travel back to Norwalk with a bus tour of some of the old routes and stops around town.
The tour will roll on Sept. 15.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, trolleys tied together the towns that eventually became the city of Norwalk. Children rode them to school. Shoppers took them to go downtown, uptown and even to other towns.
Workers in the cigar factories and hat factories and corset factories rode them home very evening. And, on summer weekends, families got on open trolleys with their picnic baskets to enjoy a summer day at Roton Point.
Today Norwalk residents can revisit those routes with Norwalk Preservation Trust's fall event: Lost Tracks -- A Trolley Tour of Norwalk. It's a chance to travel back in time and hear the clang, clang, clang of the trolley on Norwalk streets once again.
The tour will retrace the path of some of Norwalk's trolley routes. The tour will include stops at historic points along the way such as the Trolley Barn on Wall Street and Roton Point.
The tracks are long gone, so the tour will use buses designed as replicas of trolleys from the early 1900s to reproduce the experience. Re-enactors in period costumes will join the tour at various points to bring history to life.
Photos of some of the lost pieces of Norwalk history will be included in the program for the tour.
There will be a reception with refreshments at the end of the tour at Tinto Tapas Bar in the renovated Trolley Barn.
Music for the reception will be provided by students from the Talent Education Suzuki School of Norwalk.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting the www.norwalkpresevation.org or calling 203-852-9788 for information.
The tour is the third annual Norwalk Living History Tour conducted by the Norwalk Preservation Trust.
Lost Tracks is the kickoff event for Norwalk Historic Fortnight: Celebrating the Consolidation, which will include 16 events over 13 days at many venues around town.
The tour is part of the First Taxing District's celebration of its 100th anniversary. For more information, visit www.norwalkpubliclibrary.org
The tour is also part of the ongoing "Faces of Norwalk" program presented by Norwalk 2.0. For more information, visit www.norwalk2.org
Norwalk Preservation Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve Norwalk's irreplaceable historic buildings and neighborhoods by raising awareness, partnering with other organizations and taking appropriate action when necessary. It fulfills its mission through education, information, advocacy award programs and public events. The goal is to be a preservation resource for property owners, businesses and developers as well as city, state and national organizations and government agencies.