NILES - Mahoning County residents spent time visiting historic homes in Trumbull County, including the Ward-Thomas House in Niles, as part of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society's ''Truckin' thru Trumbull'' tour.
The one-day event included a chartered tour and stops of the Ward Thomas House and the John Stark Edwards House in Warren and Barnhisel House in Girard.
The tour was sponsored by the MVHS Young Leaders Advisory Board ''History to Go'' program.
Bill Lawson, executive director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, at right, and other guests tour the gardens of the Ward Thomas House in Niles as part of a recent tour of Trumbull County historic homes in Niles, Girard and Warren.
Bill Lawson, executive director of the MVHS, said the group left from the Arms Museum in Youngstown to the Trumbull sites, where brief histories of the houses and the families who lived there were provided. One hour was spent at each site.
''This allows us to see the Trumbull historical organizations and what they are doing,'' Lawson said.
More than 20 people toured the homes, and plans are to make the activity an ongoing event.
Paul Hagman, chairman of the Young Leaders Advisory Group, said tour provided an opportunity to meet the Trumbull historical society members and the museums they operate and the style of the historic homes.
Audrey John of the Niles Historical Society said this was the first time for many of the visitors to tour the Ward Thomas House. The home had displays of the gowns worn by the presidents' wives on display. There was also tours of the gardens and greenhouse which contained various flowers and plants.