Beginning this Saturday, May 26, and continuing through Sunday, June 10, Apalachicola Main Street is sponsoring free trolley tours of Apalachicola.

The tour guide is Jeff Ilardi, well-known locally for his river tours and many living history presentations.

Tours will depart every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in front of The Raney House Museum, at 128 Market Street. Although tours are free, tickets are needed to board the trolley, and will be given out on a first-come basis at the Raney House starting at 1:30 p.m. the day of the tour.

The tour will go along the waterfront to Battery Park, then continue through the historic areas, up to the Hill neighborhood, and over to Scipio Creek before returning to the Raney House. Along the tour route people will learn about the history of the town, and the many famous and infamous people who played a role in the area’s development.

They’ll also get some insight into little-known mysteries about town, some of the fun and unusual things that have happened here, facts about our fabulous nature and wildlife, and a glimpse into Apalachicola life throughout the decades.

Tour participants will get to enjoy all of this while riding the comfortable trolley that holds 30 to 35 passengers.

“Trolley tours are a great way for residents to learn more about our town,” said Main Street Executive Director Augusta West. “Plus, it’s a fun way to entertain their houseguests and a new fun entertainment activity for tourists and weekend visitors,”

Tours will be Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. for three weekends, ending June 10. They are funded by a grant to Main Street from the Visit Florida.

“If the tours prove to be as popular as we think they will, we’ll look at continuing them as an ongoing entertainment venue for the town,” West said.

The trolley was donated to the city by Greg Russell, whose company specializes in resale of surplus government property. Russell and wife Krista are Tallahassee residents, who also own a home in Apalachicola.