Kids invited to relive trolley life

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The monthly educational children’s program at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History for March will consist of a nostalgic afternoon reliving the days of the beachcar trolleys in Wrightsville Beach. 

Scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28, museum director Madeline Flagler said the program would feature a recreation of a typical day on the trolley circa 1915. 

“The kids will have clothing they will dress up in that would be typical of that time period,” Flagler said. “They will also have a persona like Mr. Rose, who actually was the ice man; there will be somebody who sells fish, there will be a brother and sister getting ready for a day of sailing at the yacht club, and there will be people getting ready to go dancing at the Lumina.”

Wrightsville Beach resident Marjorie Way will be helping with the program and is providing the costumes, which she has collected from various outlets around Wilmington. 

“It is really great hands-on and experiential learning for them to place themselves in a different time period,” Flagler said. “It tries to tie in all the pieces of what daily life was like around 1915 at Wrightsville Beach.”

In addition to the costumes and role-playing, Flagler said there would be an accompanying hands-on activity as well.

The event is free and open to the public,but registration is suggested and those who register prior to March 28 will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the program. 

The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History’s educational program series started in 2013, and Flagler said it has been effective in teaching local children about the beach’s unique history. The trolley program will fit that initiative. 

“It really is very fun,” Flagler said. “We have done it before with a live trolley but we are just going to use the trolley on the porch to keep it all in one place and we can get it all in an afternoon.”

To register, call the museum at 910-256-6569.


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