Ride the rails of history with Gage and friends

Like trains? Enjoy history? Go back in time Aug. 22 when The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, along with the Finger Lakes Railway, will offer its second annual educational getaway.

The onboard program will include costumed historical characters, such as the 19th-century women's rights activist Gage and her friends Elizabeth Smith Miller, an anti-suffrange leader; typical 19th-century woman Mrs. Justus Wells and Sarah Loguen, daughter of Syracuse African-American abolitiois, the Rev. Jermain Loguen.

The enactors will make short 10-minute presentations, then mingle with passengers both to and from Seneca Falls, the train's event destination.

What can people expect to gain from going? According to committee chair Diana Green, plenty.

"First of all, there is the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Central New York countryside," Green said. "The train does not go where cars and roads do. The part along the shore of Cayuga Lake is particularly beautiful. Secondly, people really enjoy living history through talking with historical enactors. In this case, they will especially learn a lot about women's and African-American history."

Green also said guests would have the chance to win gift certificates during a Scavenger Hunt, which makes the trip a fun time for the entire family.

The Finger Lakes Railway Train departs from the Home Depot/Staples parking lot in Camillus at 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 22. There will be a three-hour layover in Seneca Falls which gives passengers a chance to visit the area's Women's Rights Museum, Women's Hall of Fame Museum and so forth. The train will return to Camillus at 6 p.m.

Passengers can order boxed lunches to eat on the train, bring their own or eat in Seneca Falls.

To order tickets and lunches, go to fingerlakesscenicrailway.com or call the railway at 209-1029 or 374-1570. Walk-ups are welcome as long as tickets are still available.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $18 for kids ages 3 to 14. Children 2 and under ride free if they sit o a lap. Boxed lunches cost $10.

For additional information, call the Gage Foundation at 637-9511 or email foundation@MatildaJoslynGage.org.

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