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Trolley Tours will include tales of local folks

December 11, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown radio personality and historian Roger Keller will spice up downtown tours with local lore tonight and Saturday, Dec. 13.

Keller will narrate the City of Hagerstown's Historic Holiday Trolley Tours from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Trolleys will depart from The Gourmet Goat restaurant on Franklin Street across from City Hall, and tour the downtown area to City Park. The $7 fee includes hot chocolate and other refreshments.

A longtime area broadcaster and author of five books on local history, Keller plans to entertain tour-goers with tales of colorful local people from the past and Hagerstown's involvement in the Civil War and War of 1812, he says.

Hagerstown's Public Square alone offers a wealth of historical stories, Keller says. He'll discuss interesting characters with local ties such as Confederate soldier George S. Patton, who was the grandfather of Gen. George S. Patton Jr., renegade Southerner William Clark Quantrall - known as "the meanest man in the Civil War" - and Edmund McIlhenny, inventor of Tabasco sauce.

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Trolley riders will hear Keller's tales while watching the performances by carolers, instrumentalists and dancers slated to take place on the square during Hagerstown's Thursday Night Out on the Town from 5 to 9 p.m. and the Downtown Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, please call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

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