The Guilford Preservation Alliance presented their annual spring program, “Back on Track,” celebrating trolley days from New Haven to Guilford, and Stony Creek to Ivoryton, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at St. George’s Parish Hall in Guilford. There were visual displays of the old trolley lines, trolley cars, and memorabilia, and music by Guilford High School’s Jay Walk Band and The Conn Artists, a contemporary a cappella septet. The guest speaker was John H. Koella, Honorary Director and Founding Member of the Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven, CT.
At the program we projected slide shows of historical trolley photos we were able to collect courtesy of the Guilford Free Library Historical Room, the Guilford Keeping Society, Gordy Whiteman and others. We also displayed photographs taken by Ellen Ebert which showed places where the old trolley beds still remain along with a crumbling bridge and the old trolley barn, now the Floor Craze carpet showroom!
Below are images captured from historical maps of the 2 Guilford trolley lines (northern and southern routes) which can be found in the Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room of the Guilford Free Library.
Below is a 3-part display of the old trolley route superimposed on modern-day satellite photos.