Trolley Into Twain Country Tours

Mark Twain Trolley Tour
Elmira (WENY) -- The Trolley into Twain Country Tour kicked off today with dozens of people showing up to have some fun and learn more about Elmira.

Visitors enjoyed the hour long tour through Mark Twain's old stomping grounds. The legendary figure wrote some of his most famous works in Elmira, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

The trolley stops at Twains study where he spent summers writing. The tour also includes other historical facts and landmarks throughout Elmira like cemeteries and churches, and Twain is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

"The people who are local take the tours learn things that they didn't know before because the tours change a bit from year to year," said Tour Manager Cynthia Raj. "Tourists often pull off and make this a stop as they come into the area."

"I think it's a fun activity for the kids to do," said Kathleen Schmidt, a trolley rider. "And it certainly showcases Elmira really nicely for everybody."

"I learned that during the flood, the water was three feet above the wall," added Stephen Schmidt, who also rode the trolley.

The trolley runs Tuesday to Saturday through September with five tours daily. The first tour starts at 10 a.m., and the last tour departs at 2 p.m.