Museum to bring history to life with trolley ride
Organizers are planning a historic trolley ride through the Valley in January to benefit the Tioga Point Museum and Sayre Historical Society.
The Jan. 26 event, which organizers have called Winter Fest, will retrace the approximate route of the Athens, Sayre and Waverly Traction Company trolley that ran from 1896 to 1930, organizers said. A historically dressed guide will highlight points of historical interest and entertain riders throughout the trip.
The trolley ran from 1896 to 1930 and had an office and waiting room in Waverly, said Maddie Opalenik, assistant director of the Tioga Point Museum. A trolley barn was located on Spring Street in Sayre, where the Penelec building currently stands.
The trolley made several stops in Athens, Sayre and Waverly, including Keystone Park, an amusement area that was located near where the Keystone Roller Rink is at present, Opalenik said.
The trolley will depart the Athens museum on the half hour and follow the original route to the Sayre Historical Society, where passengers will visit the museum before making the return trip to Athens.
Tickets are $15 each and will be sold for specific trolley times, organizers said. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Feb. 9.
Twenty tickets are available for each trolley trip, and the price includes admission to both the Tioga Point Museum and the Sayre Historical Society Museum. Participants are invited to spend as much time as they like at each museum until the event ends at 4 p.m.
To purchase tickets, visit the Tioga Point Museum on South Main Street or call (570) 888-7225 from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays or leave a message.
Members of the organizing committee include museum director Valerie Jacoski, Opalenik, Jackie McNamara, John Simonds and Tressa Heffron.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.