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New Service at Seashore Trolley Offers Easy Access to Kennebunkport Conservation Trust Trails

Posted July 31, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.
Lisa Lassey, Associate Director of Kennebunkport Conservation Trust with daughters Carly and Samantha and family dog Mack set out for Seashore Trolley Museum’s Talbott Park.
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Lisa Lassey, Associate Director of Kennebunkport Conservation Trust with daughters Carly and Samantha and family dog Mack set out for Seashore Trolley Museum’s Talbott Park.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Seashore Trolley Museum is pleased to announce that admission to the Museum includes a new service that offers Museum visitors easy access to Kennebunkport Conservation Trust’s Edwin L. Smith Preserve Trails. The Edwin L. Smith Preserve is the Trust’s largest holding with more than 1,100 acres, 12 miles of trails and a variety of terrain.

Seashore Trolley Museum operates nine daily trips in vintage streetcars on a 1.4-mile long private railway to Seashore’s “Talbott Park” loop. From Talbott Park, an approximately one mile hike on Seashore Trolley Museum’s rail right of way offers easy access to Kennebunkport Conservation Trust’s Edwin L. Smith Preserve trail system. Hikers who plan to disembark at Talbott Park receive special tickets when they enter the Visitor Center, and can return to catch a later scheduled trolley back to Seashore’s Visitor Center.

According to Sally Bates, Seashore’s Executive Director, “We are excited to extend the use of our vintage trolleys beyond being demonstrations of the past. We are, in this limited sense, returning them to their original purpose – providing transportation to a destination. We are also excited about building a stronger relationship with Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and helping the public gain convenient access to their trail system.”

“Over the past several years, KCT volunteers have worked hard to create over 12 miles of hiking and biking trails in the Smith Preserve. Their hard work has opened up a part of our community that had been little seen in years gone by. This new collaboration with the Seashore Trolley Museum allows even more people to be acquainted with and enjoy this special place,” said Tom Bradbury, Executive Director of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

While initially the option will be limited to people who want to use the trails on foot, Seashore is seeking ways to transport bicycles for use on the trails in the future.

Seashore Trolley Museum is the world’s oldest and largest electric railway museum. The scope and quality of the Museum’s collection of public transit vehicles attracts visitors from across the country and the globe. Offering rides on vintage streetcars, exhibits, educational tours, special events, and a museum store with books, toys, gifts, and snacks – and now access to hiking trails – the museum is appealing to all age groups and is dog-friendly.

Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is located at 195 Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport.

For more information, contact director@neerhs.org or call 207-967-2800, ext 101.

http://www.trolleymuseum.org

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