How to Ride the Historic Raleigh Trolley

All aboard! Jump back into time on four wheels
Raleigh Trolley At Mordecai
Photo courtesy of Celeste Purvis, Assistant Director of Historic Sites, City of Raleigh

Have you ever been in this situation? You are in downtown Raleigh and a red trolley car goes by with no cables overhead. Believe it or not, you just witnessed the Historic Raleigh Trolley. Designed after Raleigh’s original trolleys, City of Raleigh’s aim is to put a little bit of yesteryear back on the streets.

Trolley 2020 Downtown

Photo courtesy of Celeste Purvis, Assistant Director of Historic Sites, City of Raleigh

This blast from the past provides five different guided speciality tours ranging from black history, to women’s history, to the US Civil War. These particular tours are a part of the trolley’s Private Charter Tour collection. Don’t be discouraged though, occasionally these private tours are made public throughout the year to commemorate special occasions. For example, the Black History tour is happening this month for Black History Month and is so popular that there is a waitlist.

Mordecai House

On Saturdays, the tour starts from Mordecai Historic Park.

Looking for more general tidbits of knowledge on Raleigh? That is the tour’s bread and butter, and can be done almost any Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from March 13 to December. The Thursday and Friday tours start from Moore Square, while the Saturday tours start at Mordecai Historic Park. This guided expedition will make its way to several locations in downtown, including the Joel Lane Museum House and City Market before returning back to home base. Each tour is one hour and has start times of 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Raleigh Trolley At The Capitol

Photo courtesy of Celeste Purvis, Assistant Director of Historic Sites, City of Raleigh

You can purchase your tickets either by calling 919-996-4364 or in person at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for 7-17 years of age, and free for children 6 and under. They do ask you to arrive 15 minutes before your tour time. Due to Covid-19, wellness checks and mask and/or face shield coverings are required. In addition, passengers have been reduced from 26 to 12.

 

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