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Archive for October, 2009

The Past May Be Intruding on the Present…

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Here in the Nation’s Oldest City, spirits, spooks and apparitions stalk the streets.  These citizens of the past seem to have vested interest in the future and here at Old Town Trolley we are more than happy to oblige.  (more…)

The Perfect Halloween

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
The Pirates House

The Pirates House

We have the perfect plan for Halloween. Late afternoon walk through Colonial Park Cemetery or Bonaventure (free and open to public UNTIL 7pm). Dinner at the Pirate’s House restaurant (considered one of the most haunted restaurants in the city)Ghosts & Gravestones Tour (featuring exclusive nighttime access to the Sorrel-Weed House- featured on Sci-Fi Channel’s Ghost Hunters). Concludes at River Street- many bars that will serve you a variety of “SPIRITS” as a nightcap! Go home, Not so sweet dreams/nightmares!!!

Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery

Ghosts and Gravestones

Veteran’s Ride Free!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West is proud to honor the veterans of the United States military.

Old Town Trolley Tours is proud to honor the veterans of the United States military.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2009, all Old Town Trolley Tours in Key West, Boston, Washington, San Diego, Savannah tours, St. Augustine, the San Diego Seals, the Conch Tour Train, the Harry S. Truman Little White House, the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum, the Key West Aquarium, the Old Jail and the St. Augustine History Museum will offer free admission to all veterans.  They can be active duty, retired or honorably discharged.

Veteran’s Day, also known as Armistice Day or Rembrance Day, is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.  Germany signed the document on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 formally ending the “War to End All Wars” as World War I was called.

Let us never forget that sacrifices that these men and women made, and continue to make for us today,  enable us to live in a free country. It is with great honor that Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West and its sister companies salute these brave men and women.

For more information visit us on the web at http://www.trolleytours.com/veterans-discounts.asp

Locals Ride Free

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Historic Tours of America, our parent company, has just launched their new Hometown Pass website.  You can visit it at http://www.hometownpass.com.  The Hometown Pass gives you free admission to the Old Town Trolley tour as well as the Harry S. Truman Little White House, the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum, the Key West Aquarium, Flagler Station, the Key West Walking Tour and the Conch Tour Train.  All you have to do is be a resident of Monroe County and bring an adult paying guest with you.  This comes in especially handy when you have company during the holidays or summer!

Meet our newest CAST member

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Citgo in mouse training

Citgo in mouse training

by Citgo

Greetings from Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington, DC. My name is Citgo and I am named after a gas station. It’s the name of the gas station Eric Holmes found me. Now I live at Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington, DC. And I must say, since I’ve moved here, everyone has been so nice to me. I’m not sure if it’s because they like me, or because I work for catnip. I have been here just a few days, but (more…)

Help us save the Schooner Western Union

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Taking place right now on the Truman Waterfront is the restoration of the schooner Western Union.  This jewel of a ship is the flagship of the city of Key West.  She was built in 1939 in Key West and is one of the last working schooners in America.  The Western Union Telegraph Company commissioned the ship to lay, repair and maintain cable between Key West, Cuba and other islands of the Caribbean.  Because of her age and the fact she is an old wooden boat, she needs extensive repair work. While not open to the public, you can walk down to the waterfront and watch the ship as she undergoes this this massive restoration.

When the restoration is complete in 2010,  the Western Union will be sailing again with day sails, sunset and stargazer cruises.  The ship will also be available for touring as a maritime museum.  Sailing in the Key West harbor at sunset is one of magical things about this island.

If you would like to help, the Schooner Western Union Preservation Society has a website, where you can find out more about the ship or make a donation to its restoration at www.schoonerwesternunion.org or you can follow its progress at www.schoonerwesternunion.org/key-west-blog/.

We will be updating you about the Western Union on on the Trolley Blog periodically as well.  The schooner Western Union is a vital part of Key West’s rich maritme history.

The schooner Western Union, flagship of the city of Key West.

The schooner Western Union, flagship of the city of Key West.