By Kate Blake

The Young Professionals of Parma are excited to be hosting our first historic trolley tour of Parma coming up on Thursday, July 13th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.! 

The historic sightseeing tour around the city begins at Stearns Homestead, an educational and historic farm, at 6 p.m. and includes a guided tour of Stearns House, Gibbs House, and the 1850s Yankee-style Barn. At 7 p.m., attendees will board the trolley for their relaxing guided journey of numerous historic sites around Parma. Waters will be provided on the trolley. Sights along the way include Parma’s Birthplace, Polish Village, the original firehouse, the Phillip Henninger House, beautiful churches, historic cemeteries, and much more! 

Local historian Patricia Nikols will provide narration throughout the ride and will share interesting facts about Parma’s history and culture. Guests will also enjoy a stop at Sweetie’s Soda Shoppe around 8 p.m. for a summer treat or soda and restroom break. The tour will conclude back at Stearns Homestead at 9 p.m. 

The event was envisioned by YPOP member Lauren Bajda who, like many of us, enjoys traveling to new cities and going on sightseeing tours as a way to explore a new locality. These tours offer a glimpse into a city’s rich past and highlight key people, places, and events that helped shape the city into present day. It’s also an entertaining way to take in the sights, discover new shops or restaurants, and meet fellow travelers. 

Lauren thought, why not do this at home to learn about the city where we live and work, highlight local businesses, and connect with fellow professionals and neighbors? This inviting and educational summer event brings her vision to life! Perfect for anyone new to the Parma area, as well as anyone who is already familiar, this historic trolley tour offers a fun way to meet new people and see what makes Parma great! We hope you can join us!

Pricing for the event is $30 for YPOP members and $35 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, please visit https://parmayps.com/parma-tour/. To join the Young Professionals of Parma, please visit https://parmayps.com/membership/