Historian to Discuss Trolley System
Historian George Lerrigo will share the results of his research into Bennington’s trolleys at the beginning of the 20th Century in a presentation titled ‘A Tale of Two Street Cars: Bennington and the Peak Inter-urban Years, 1900 to 1910.’ His talk is hosted by the Bennington Historical Society, and will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, at the Bennington Museum. Admission is free. Learn about the trolley system that by 1910 made it possible for riders to make a continuous trip well into the Midwest on a series of connected inter-urban railways. Local riders could take twice-daily trips between Bennington and Great Barrington, Mass., for just $1 round-trip. (There was also more luxurious option for an extra 25 cents.) Much of the route still remains hidden throughout Bennington and Pownal. Both parlor cars can be seen at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, which features streetcars from across the United States and around the globe. Lerrigo will be sharing photos of these that he took during a visit to the Museum.