Just outside of Chevy Chase is the National Capital Trolley Museum where history and fun meet for a very good time. A visit here takes you back to a time when the building, maintenance and operation of street cars were the focus of most of the nation’s workforce.
The Museum’s website states that they exist “to collect and preserve artifacts of electrical street railways and to interpret their impact upon the development of communities in the Washington DC region.“ A stroll through this wonderful museum offers lots of interesting information.
In the Main Hall you’ll learn about the street car’s influence on communities and see working models of the street cars in the Chevy Chase of the 1930’s. The Conduit Hall shows off the different parts that made up the cars and how electricity was both made and transmitted so they could move. You’ll see actual street cars in Street Car Hall, with many from this region and some from Europe.
Once you’ve learned some history, you can step outside and take a ride on a real street car. The ride takes passengers into the woods and back in time by a century or so to see how Maryland and Virginia looked to riders at that time.
The Museum’s annual Holly Trolley Fest begins on November 26 and runs Saturdays and Sundays through December 18. The kids will love that Santa rides (and sometimes drives!) the trolleys between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and there’s also a Christmas Garden with a toy train display set up on Museum grounds.
You can find the National Capital Trolley Museum in Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, MD. Adult admission is $7.00, children ages 2-17 and seniors 65 and older pay $5.00. For more information, call them at 301-384-6088 or go to dctrolley.org. There are few other places where you can have so much fun for so little money. Plan to bring a camera!
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