Trolley tour wraps up with people and places of North Augusta

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Star File Photo Lifelong North Augusta resident John Menger, right, shares some memories at Carolina Oaks Bed and Breakfast, during a presentation for the Heritage Council of North Augusta. Among his listeners are Milledge Murray, left, Sandy Haskell, Joyce Haskell and Rachel Franklin.

The annual Sweet Tea Series, presented by the Heritage Council of North Augusta, is drawing to a close.

The third leg of the series, which is set for Sunday, Aug. 24, features the people and places of North Augusta, with tour guide John Menger. As has been the case with the previous two tours, this will be a trolley ride courtesy of Lewis Bus Line.

“We’re just delighted to have John Menger, who knows so many wonderful and detailed stories about North Augusta,” Milledge Murray, the Heritage Council’s president, said.

Murray said in the past that Menger has told stories in a location, but this is the first time they will be mobile.

“That’s what is kind of exciting about this summer’s bus tour,” Murray said. “One thing that has happened is that it has been well received.”

The goal for the tours, and the Heritage Council as a whole, is to preserve North Augusta’s history.

“I think we are trying to represent, translate and share as many different ways to make history exciting,” Murray said. “By doing tours, having brochures and by sharing information in a different way, and really trying to come up with as many different ways to share and interpret history, is so very important. ... If history isn’t shared, it can literally die. A lot of the older citizens may have passed on. Two of those, for example, were Jeanne McDaniel and Mim Woodring. It’s important to make sure North Augusta’s past doesn’t drift away from us.”

The trolley leaves promptly from the North Augusta Municipal Building’s parking lot at 3 p.m. Tours are one hour in duration, and the cost is $5 for Heritage Council members and $10 for non-members. Checks can be sent, along with phone numbers, to Heritage Council of North Augusta; P.O. Box 7511, North Augusta, SC 29861.

For more information, call Brenda Baratto at 803-270-9400. Refreshments will be served, and seating is limited.

The series is sponsored by Lewis Bus Line and the SNO-CAP Drive-In.

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star.

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