|Trolley Tours Will Offer Historic View of North Adams|
|03:01PM / Thursday, August 16, 2012|
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local historian Paul W. Marino will conduct trolley tours as part of the Downtown Celebration.
||The 'shady side' of Main Street showing the former Richmond Hotel to the far right and the orginal Hub Restaurant to the left. Historian Paul W. Marino will be discussing the hotel and other city sites during the Downtown Celebration.
The tour will start at the Holiday Inn and run in a continuous loop around the outer perimeter of the celebration.
Marino said the tours will add a new dimension to the celebration. "The trolley tour will draw attention to more of the downtown and celebrate the glory that was North Adams in its prime," he said, as well as note the city's newer public art displasy.
The tour will begin at the hotel, built on the site of the former Richmond Hotel, one of the city's then seven hotels. From there, it will go to the American Legion, the site of Union Depot, which was itself the site of two presidential stops. It will continue to the century-old post office, then to Monument Square, the site of another presidential visit, and then to the Center Street parking lot, Masachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and back to Main Street.
Participants will be able to get on and off at various points along the route: The inn, the post office, Monument Square and the Center Street parking lot.
"There are historic treasures strewn all along the route," Marino said. "From hotels to theaters and everything in between. We'll be visiting places where citizens of North Adams saw U.S. presidents and where day-to-day life happened.
The tour is free, and Marino is especially interested to see children on the trolley. The tour will start at 6 and run continuously until 9.