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Wilton Historical Society Prepares For Great Trains Exhibit

The Wilton Historical Society will host the grand opening of the annual Great Trains exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 30 to kick off the holiday season.
The Wilton Historical Society will host the grand opening of the annual Great Trains exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 30 to kick off the holiday season. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Historical Society will host the grand opening of the annual Great Trains exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 30 to kick off the holiday season.

The group's historic 18th and 19th century buildings have been "transformed into a breathtaking winter wonderland, complete with eight different train layouts winding through forests of trees and lights, all the while passing by all new buildings and even a rotating Carousel," representatives said.

The group is promising that in the kids room there will be "more buttons than ever before for the kids to activate, some propelling the movement of everyone’s favorite tank engine -- Thomas."

Steve Desloge, chair of the 2013-14 Train Committee, said he was thrilled to announce the donation of an historic s-gauge train, which will feature an entirely new layout incorporating the train into the exhibit.

Storyteller Tom Hanford is set to stop by on opening day to "illuminate 18th and 19th century train history for our guests through the use of song and storytelling," representatives said.

"This lively performance is entertaining for all ages and is sure to add to the magic of the Great Trains exhibit," society representatives said.

The Great Trains exhibit will run from Saturday, Nov. 30 to Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Admission is free for members of the society and $10 for non-member adults.

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