Seashore Trolley Museum: History Brought to Life

November 16th, 2014 Fontenay Terrace Motel

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If you are going to take a trip to Kennebunkport, Maine, a visit to the Seashore Trolley Museum is a must. Whether you are traveling with children or not, there is something at the museum to peak each person’s interest and imagination. It is like going back in time, visiting other cities, and gaining a better knowledge and understanding of the history of mass transit throughout the entire world.


Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum takes you through the progression of the development of mass transportation, starting with the omnibus. It traces the emergence of the electric streetcar to the creation of modern day public mass transport. Almost every city that ever had mass transportation over the years is represented at the museum.


History comes alive before your very eyes as you see and learn about how folks in times gone by went to work and school, shopped, worshipped, and spent their leisure time, and how they got to where they were going. You also get a chance to appreciate the incredible crafting that went into the creation of these strong vehicles.


On the property are three carbarns and a variety of displays that also take you back in time and teach you about the rich and storied history of mass public transportation. There is also a restoration shop that shows you, watching from the observation gallery, and the detailed intricacy of the process of restoring the streetcars.


One of the most fun and interesting things to do at the Seashore Trolley Museum is to take a ride on an actual streetcar which rides on a rebuilt part of the Atlantic Shore Line Railway. In days gone by this track existed as an electric interurban route. You will actually feel like you are experiencing the same thing that those who lived in the early 1900’s did, and find yourself putting yourself in their shoes. Its is a rare treat to take this time-machine-like ride.


Whether you are a history buff or not the Seashore Trolley Museum will not disappoint you. There is so much to see, so many things to learn, and history teaches us how to use our imaginations. Experiencing what the Seashore Trolley Museum has to offer is enriching and fun for children and adults alike, and something you won’t soon forget.

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