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Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego Donates Services to Veterans

March 25th, 2015
Old Town Trolley CASTmembers at the Veteran's Luncheon.

Old Town Trolley CASTmembers at the Veteran’s Luncheon.

Each year, on the top of the highest peak along the coastline of San Diego County, the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Association pays tribute and honor to our Veterans.  This year’s ceremony paid special tribute with a plaque to Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (MIA) Veterans.  Old Town Trolley was also recognized for its years of supporting and donating transportation services to local Veterans groups with a special plaque too.  The Old Town Trolley plaque included current CASTmembers who are also Veterans.

Master of Ceremonies was Marc Bailey, Morning Anchor from CWTV 6.  Keynote speakers were Capt. Ernest Moore, USN (Ret) – POW Commemoration and Barbara Brichim – MIA Commemoration.  The ceremony ended with a special T-34 performance team flyover.  The ceremony honors Veterans by preserving their legacy.

Meet Renee Mercer, Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah

March 22nd, 2015


Renee Mercer

Renee Mercer

Though raised military, I call Pensacola and West Palm Beach, FL, “home.”  I previously lived in Tennessee and Nebraska (Go Big Red!), and have been in Savannah since 2006. Working in hospitality has been an exciting challenge after spending so many years in Healthcare.  Prior to getting into the HR field in 2008, I was a preschool teacher, and before that a legal assistant. I am a single mother of an absolutely ridiculously fabulous boy who is a daily up-lifter.  My perfect weekend would include him, 80s cartoons, Superhero anything, musical theater, museums, and laser tag.

Q |  What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A |  I’m happiest during my and my son’s weekly board game competitions.
Q |  Which talent would you most like to have?
A |  Ability to sing…well
Q |  What is your most treasured possession?
A |  My grandmother’s sewing machine.
Q | What three things will you always find in my refrigerator?
A |Tuna, spinach, and sweet potatoes
Q | Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
A |  Capt. Jack Sparrow

Patriot Service Dogs stops by St. Augustine

March 12th, 2015

Historic Tours of America is proud to have had the Patriot Service Dogs visit Old Town Trolley, St. Augustine.  Patriot Service Dogs, Inc. (PSD) is a non-profit group based in north Florida whose goal is to provide trained Service Dogs to our wounded service men and women with PTSD, mobility disabilities or loss of a limb.   This is a 100% volunteer organization.

On Nov 11th, Historic Tours of America donated $1.00 from every Trolley Tour ticket price from all six (6) cities to sponsor a puppy with Patriot Service Dogs. Patriot Service Dogs provides veterans with assistance dogs and we are proud to be partnering with them in sponsoring a dog.

The Patriot Service Dogs were at The Old Jail at 167 San Marco Avenue on November 11 to help bring awareness of their organization.  They have brought with them a few of their service dogs who are currently in training.

Patriot Service Dogs

Patriot Service Dogs

Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington wins bid to operate tours at Arlington National Cemetery

March 7th, 2015

Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington, recently won the bid to provide exclusive interpretive tours for Arlington National Cemetery.  This is an extraordinary honor for our company and we look at it as a sacred trust.

Arlington National Cemetery sits on the former plantation of Mary Anna Randolph Custis who was the granddaughter of George Washington.  She was married to Robert E. Lee and together they lived there until the outbreak of the Civil War.  When President Lincoln called Lee to the Blair House and offered him the command of the Union forces, Lee’s response was, “I cannot raise my sword against my fellow Virginians”.  He and Mary Anna abandoned the house and moved to Richmond.

During the Civil War their home, Arlington House, became a hospital under the former West Point colleague of Lee, Montgomery Meigs.  Meigs was so incensed with Lee’s defection to the Confederates that in 1864, when patients in the hospital died, he buried them in the estate garden to insure that Lee could never return to his home.  Today, there are over 400,000 men and women buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  Three million people a year visit the cemetery and approximately 450,000 take the tours annually.

While the notable gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery include the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, President John F. Kennedy, Medger Evers, Thurgood Marshall, George C. Marshall, Gus Grissom and military heroes from Abner Doubleday to Admiral “Bull” Halsey, the main sense about Arlington National Cemetery is the 400,000 men and women and their families who gave “the last full measure” to this country so that we could enjoy the freedoms for which the United States of America has become known.

Arlington National Cemetery Tours

Arlington National Cemetery Tours


Tour de Cour

March 2nd, 2015



Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington raising money for a cure for diabetes.

Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington raising money for a cure for diabetes.

Our amazing team at Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington recently put together a team for Tour de Cour, raising money to find a cure for diabetes.

Look who stopped by!

January 8th, 2015

No sooner do we put up our new countdown clock than St. Augustine’s founder, Pedro Menendez, pops by to check on the date. Seems he’s needs a reminder to the big day.  We guess when you are 496 years old, your memory starts to fade a bit.450th Countdown Clock  Pedro

The Countdown Begins!

January 2nd, 2015

2015 will mark the 450 anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Augustine by Pedro Menendez de Avilies.  As part of the city’s celebrations, a countdown clock will be installed at the visitors center so residents and visitors alike can keep track of the big day!  Old Town Trolley tours of St. Augustine sponsored the clock and our GM Dave Chatterton can wait to see it installed.

General Manager David Chatterton with the countdown clock.

General Manager David Chatterton with the countdown clock.

Meet Lauren Sheldon

November 18th, 2014


Lauren Sheldon

Lauren Sheldon



I am originally from North Andover, Massachusetts which is just north of Boston. I moved to Washington, DC on a whim in May of 2013 when I decided it was time to get out of New England. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Theater & Politics (because I figure they are the same thing ;) . Before working for Old Town Trolley, I helped to start the historic walking tour company, Cambridge Historical Tours on the Harvard University campus. There I portrayed Margaret Fuller, one of America’s first women to publicly speak out for women’s rights and education. Theater is my greatest passion and I often get caught singing show tunes at my desk. I am optimistic, upbeat, and a very positive person.

Which living person do you most admire?
My mom, Gail Sheldon, is my hero. She is the most supportive, loving, and strong woman I know. I aspire to be just like her every day.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I love traveling to places where I can be immersed in a new culture, language, or learn something new. I would love to explore more of Central America, Southern Europe, or Africa.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Theater is my greatest passion in life. I was introduced to the movie Grease on my 8th birthday and I’ve been singing and performing ever since.

If there is one place you would like to live besides your current city, where would it be?
There are so many places I would like to live or visit throughout my lifetime, but at this point I would love to go to Chicago. It isn’t as big as New York, it is on the water, and it has a great theater scene.

If you could choose one reality TV show to be on, what would it be?
Survivor. My family and I still watch it religiously each week. And even if I weren’t the contestant and my sister Colleen went out there instead, I would still be her “loved one” because in a challenge she knows I would eat a bug for her.

Meet Tim Conway

November 15th, 2014
Tim Conway

Tim Conway

I was born and raised in N. E. Ohio, I had a great life growing up on the river and then the lake. I had a great childhood! My parents were both professionals, a teacher and a dentist. They both grew up during the depression with a love of life, family and fun. They taught my sister, brother and I that family is FIRST. I live that to this day.
My life after “leaving home” was about wrestling in college at Kent State and at Western State in Colorado. I was good but not great. After college I joined the Navy, had great a great time and got to see a lot of the world. That’s when I became a Yankee! I met and fell in love with Rhonda, a southern girl, and stayed.
When I was discharged from the Navy I began my sales career. I sold everything from boats and windsurfers to marine supplies during my 25 years in industrial and commercial sales. I’ve spent as much time with my boys and their school and athletics as I could. They’re great! I could go on and on about them and especially Rhonda but I won’t.

Which living person do you most admire?
If my father were still alive it would be him! He was the smartest, most fun to be around, hardworking, with an absolute love life and family. Since he passed it has to be my wife Rhonda. She has always been there for me and the boys, and has persevered through cancer and her mother’s death with grace and tenacity. She does her best to keep me in line! She has to be a saint to put up with me for over 32 years!

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
Easy peasy, my wife Rhonda.

If there was one place you would like to live besides your current city, where would it be?
Two places, a winter home in Hope Town, Bahamas and a summer home on a lake up north.

What is your favorite occupation?
SALES, I love what I do. I’m pretty good at it. There are so many opportunities! Every business starts with someone selling something.

Who are your favorite writers?
Lee Child, James Patterson and Milton Freedman

Bella Joins our Fleet!

November 7th, 2014

Introducing “Bella”, our second wedding trolley we’ve added to our fleet, joining our other wedding trolley “Felicity”. Our wedding business has been growing year-over-year at about 15% above last year’s numbers. During the peak wedding months between April-September, our wedding trolley “Felicity” is often booked, sometimes up to a year in advance. We have missed out on additional wedding transportation business due to the lack of our special wedding trolleys. “Bella”, was originally one of our red Balboa Park shuttle trolleys that provided free service by the City of San Diego. The city purchased their own trams for the park shuttle service resulting in three extras trolleys for us. With the wedding peak season fast approaching, our maintenance crew worked feverishly transforming the red trolley into our new pristine “Bella”. With just days away from “Bella’s” first wedding, she was christened “Bella”.