Walking Tours

Barnard Castle Old Photos & Audio Walk

 

 

The small market town of Barnard Castle located in Teesdale, County Durham, England has transformed itself into a heritage destination thanks to local resident Geoff Dixon and the Making Barney Brighter Together Group. The vision to revive Barnard’s Castle high street includes showcasing the area’s rich history with tours, a phone app, and more.  The Barnard Castle Old Photos & Audio Walk is easily accessed on the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App available for download on the App Store and Google Play for free. 

 

The App

There are 50 points of interest included in the app to visit as you walk around the scenic town. The points of interest include stories of the past, videos from the town in 1913, and 21 audio interviews with late historian Alan Wilkinson. The app also includes a total of 250 historic photos most taken over a century ago creating the biggest ‘Spot the Difference’ competition for users. The ‘Then and Now’ contrast is a remarkable sight to see. The walk goes in a circle through the town and along the river and can be started and stopped at any point with the option to activate GPS auto play so the points of interest will automatically open as you enter the area.

 


 

 

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Holiday Tour of Homes, Savannah, GA

 

Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) is hosting their 44th annual Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 8th 2018 to benefit Savannah community non-profits.  This highly anticipated event allows guests to look “behind the doors” at stunning examples of Savannah grandeur, featuring eight private homes, three inns and two museum homes. New this year, to enhance this memorable tour the DNA has created an app to help guests maximize their experience.  This app is included with other historic apps on the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

 

 

The App

The app contains not only information on the homes and inns but also local hotels, restaurants, and merchants.  The DNA utilized the easy to use App Builder website on the Tour Buddy platform to create their tour.  The anticipation is building and guests from across the country will have all the tour information for these locations and more, all at their finger tips. There are tickets available now to see these magnificent homes dressed in their holiday best.

 


 

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History Makers Camp Creates Interactive Tour Map

 

Founded in 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is the home to unique historical collections from 350 years of American history comprised of some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items.  With all these resources the HSP hosted a History Makers Camp for Philadelphia high school students to create a mobile-friendly walking tour guiding users through the African-American struggle for freedom and equality in Philadelphia.  Nine students in this two-week program under the direction of a panel of historians, educators, and elected officials created Explore Philly, an interactive tour map which is also available for free on the App Store and Google Play through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App.  

 

Interactive Tour Map

Currently there are 3 categories included in the tour: Abolition Period, Progressive Era, and Civil Rights Movement.  The content for each key landmark include a video link, interesting historical background information and useful links where you can learn more.  “There’s something powerful about bringing these stories of struggle and success from the pages of a historical document to the streets of a city where they are still playing out today,” says Beth Twiss Houting, senior director of programs and services at HSP.  Stay tuned for more to come from this great program.  Experience the tour>>

 

iOS & Android Apps

The flexibility of the App Builder platform allowed HSP to launch not only a virtual tour for mobile web browsers, but also an iOS and Android App through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App.  The Explore Philly guide is available for download through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App for both Apple and Android devices.  The mobile app allows users to turn ON the GPS Auto Play so that whenever they are close to a point of interest on the tour, the stop in the app automatically opens.

 

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Historic Quincy Walking Tour App and Virtual Tour

 

Shopping malls that were created  to replicate the feel of the traditional Main Street are dying. Historic downtown areas across the United States are being restored and becoming destinations among themselves. Quincy Main Street’s vision to revitalize and preserve the rich and diverse culture in Quincy, Florida informed their mobile app tour and virtual tour project.  With funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources the Historic Quincy Walking Tour App and virtual tour are now available on the App Store and Google Play for free!


 

The App

 

Take a stroll through the 36-block National Register Quincy historic district broken up into 3 walking tours: Commercial District, Eastern Residential District & Western Residential District. The tours include outstanding examples of architecture ranging from early 1800s antebellum cottages to Queen Anne mansions. Learn the history of the old Quincy State Bank Building and Opera House and its association with the Coca-Cola Company as well as how the Bell and Bates Building became the nationally accredited Gadsden Arts Center and Museum.

 

The cohesive experience of the app allows users to walk around and listen to Quincy’s story offline without using data.  The GPS enabled map give users the ability to find their blue dot on the GPS map and click on the various stops to ‘Get Directions.’  The images take visitors back in time to see what buildings looked like in years past.

 

The Virtual Tour

 

Not only did Quincy Main Street want visitors to be able to experience Quincy on site, but also as a virtual tour on their desktop.  The virtual tour shows all of the same content with images, a GPS map and audio, but can be viewed on a desktop computer or on smartphones through the browser.  Adding a virtual tour gives Quincy access to even more potential visitors who are curious about this beautiful town and its history.

 

Check out the Quincy Historic Walking Tour Virtual Tour.  

 

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D.C. Driving/Walking Tours App Available for Download

Washington D.C. is one of our nation’s most historic and popular places to visit.  Whether you are visiting to see the pink cherry blossoms or one of the many museums or monuments there is plenty to experience.  Capitol Entertainment Services wanted to help guests maximize their visit to this history rich city with 3 self-guided tours of the most historic locations in Washington D.C.  These tours are all available in the D.C. Driving/Walking Tours app for $4.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

 

The App

The three tours included in the D.C. Driving/Walking Tours App provide a comprehensive and flexible way for guests to see D.C. from their cars or on foot.   The first tour is along Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue.  The second tour includes national monuments and memorials.  The third tour is a walking tour only as you walk along the White House Promenade.  The audio automatically plays as visitors approach and pass each point of interest.  Visitors can take in the iconic scenery as they listen to engaging narration.

 

Experience Washington D.C. on site or virtually and download the D.C. Driving/Walking Tours App on the App Store or Google Play today.

The Look Book Hunt App

The LOOK Book Hunt App is a product of self-published author Barbara Tibbetts’ scavenger hunt book series, The LOOK Book.  Barbara had a vision to make these well loved scavenger hunt’s available as an App for family outings, adult competitions, and team building.  This stimulating, interactive outlet is now available on the App Store for $2.99.

The App

The current scavenger hunts available are:

  • Nantucket Christmas Stroll
  • L.A. California (The Getty Museum)
  • Philadelphia, PA (Constitutional Walk)
  • Springfield / Home of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston, MA
  • Boston, MA (Custom House)
  • Boston, MA (Freedom Trail)
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Concord / Lexington, MA
  • Nantucket, MA
  • Salem, MA

Each scavenger hunt has 10 stops.  Each stop contains a picture for the participant to look for, some interesting information about the location, and a quiz question with multiple choice answers.  The quiz is interactive and fun for adults and children of all ages alike with “Oh No, Try Again!” and “Congratulations! You got a sticker!”.  Competitive anticipation can entice the participant to fill up their scorecard to get to the next stop.  Each stop has GPS points and a google map for those that may need help finding a location.  Happy Hunting!

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Civil War Walking Tour, Alexandria, Virginia

The Boy Scout Troop 1865 developed the Alexandria War of 1812 App using the App Builder Website.  This Eagle Scout project utilized the skills and values taught in the Boy Scouts to produce an interactive app that the entire community could experience.


Explore 10 blocks of Alexandria, VA highlighting sites connected to the War of 1812 and the British occupation of the city in August of 1814.  The app includes photos, audio and extra stops only available through the app.  The Boy Scout Troop 1865 worked as individuals and as a team to create the app in order to help celebrate the anniversary of the War of 1812.

 

Historic Public Garden, Melbourne, Australia

The Burnley Gardens App gives a tour of one of the oldest public gardens in Melbourne, Australia. This self-guided tour takes users through 22 stops with audio that discusses specific garden beds, historical events, rare plants and our iconic trees as well as the modern elements of green infrastructure on campus. The walk will inform you about the gardens history, the design principles and current uses.  Each stop is GPS enabled, a map of the tour is provided and the stops are clearly marked in the Gardens.

Carrollton, Mississippi Walking Tour App

Walking Tour of Carrollton, Mississippi

The Town of Carrollton, Mississippi, sits nestled in the hills overlooking the delta, waiting to delight you with beautiful old homes, stately churches and history on every corner.  The Mississippi Humanities Council and Walt Grayson wanted to bring this rich history alive not only for the residents, but for visitors as well.  They used the Tour Buddy platform to bring all this history to life in your fingertips using GPS triggers, exceptional content, and audio from Walt Grayson. The Walking Tour of Carrollton, Mississippi is now available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

This App is just in time for the annual Historic Pilgrimage and Pioneer Day Festival.  The new app will compliment the most popular Pilgrimage home tour.  For more information on this event go to http://visitcarrolltonms.com/carrollton-pilgrimage/.

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Civil War Walking Tour, Alexandria, Virginia

The Boy Scout Troop 1865 developed the Alexandria War of 1812 App using the App Builder Website.  This Eagle Scout project utilized the skills and values taught in the Boy Scouts to produce an interactive app that the entire community could experience.


Explore 10 blocks of Alexandria, VA highlighting sites connected to the War of 1812 and the British occupation of the city in August of 1814.  The app includes photos, audio and extra stops only available through the app.  The Boy Scout Troop 1865 worked as individuals and as a team to create the app in order to help celebrate the anniversary of the War of 1812.

 

Walking Tours, Sacramento, California

Sacramento Heritage, Inc. one of Sacramento, CA’s most beloved non-profits, has been offering walking tours for years to inform residents and build a sense of heritage and community.  In order to reach even more people, Sacramento Heritage, Inc. decided to create a GPS enabled mobile app tour using the App Builder Website.  Now, even more residents, visitors and history lovers can learn about Sacramento’s vibrant neighborhoods and culture through the Sacramento Heritage, Inc. App.  


Sacramento Heritage, Inc. has been promoting historic preservation since 1975, and one of their key components to educating is through walking tours of the various neighborhoods in Sacramento. Their current app uses different categories/lists for their different tours including Capitol Area Walking Tour, J & K Street Corridor Walking Tour and City Hall Area Walking Tour.  Sacramento Magazine writer Jordan Venema’s article titled “All Summer Long” describes why the app is great for users who are looking to explore the city on their own time instead attending a scheduled tour with a tour guide.  

Because Sacramento Heritage, Inc. is a dynamic organization that is always growing, they are going to add another tour to their app within the next year.  With the App Builder Platform, they are able to add or delete stops and categories easily and independently.  The article here discusses their plans to add a new tour.  With so much to explore in Sacramento, there may be even more tours to come in the future.

 

Walking Tour, Ardmore, Oklahoma

The City of Ardmore’s Historic Preservation Commission has been working hard since 1983 to preserve the City of Ardmore, Oklahoma’s buildings and history.  Through various organizations and grants, the city was able to not only create a comprehensive website about historic Ardmore, but also a location based GPS enabled app that allows people to explore each landmark and building to hear the story of the City of Ardmore.  


The App

Learn about the history and legends of historic downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma with this self-guided walking tour.  The app includes more than 20 stops that show a historic landmark/building.  Each stop has at least one image that tells the story of what the location looked like at a point in history and how it relates to what it looks like today.   Each location has a clickable GPS pin that the user can get walking/driving directions to.  The user can play the audio to hear high quality narration of the history and interesting untold stories only found in the app.  Stroll past the historic architecture, learn about little known historic events and explore the sites where famous and infamous people once lived and played.

Learn more about how the App Builder Platform works to start building your walking tour today.

Civil Rights Tour, Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas played an important role in the Civil Rights movement that helped set the stage for a major national movement.  The Department of Arkansas Heritage along with several other organizations and institutions funded a grant to create the Arkansas Civil Rights History Mobile App.  Using the App Builder Platform, the Department of Arkansas Heritage was able to create a comprehensive tour of more than 30 locations, all available in English and Spanish.

 

This narrative tour guide will takes you through numerous sites in Little Rock that have played significant roles in the city’s civil rights history, covering both the more familiar and the less well-known people, places and events.  Multimedia and links to further resources will help you to delve even deeper into this history throughout and after your journey. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Multi-Guide, Edisto, South Carolina

Explore Edisto is a media outlet dedicated to the exploration, history, ecology and cultural diversity of our island. The Explore Edisto App is a Multi-Guide App that features multiple tours throughout various locations on the island and beach. Use our guide to find out about local restaurants, activities and shopping. These self-guided tours take you along a beautiful drive or walk and back through time as you travel across Edisto Island.

Put the app into GPS-Auto play mode so that the audio plays automatically as you drive by the points of interest and ‘Kiosk Mode’ so that the app does not go into ‘power save’ mode and turn off while you are driving. These can be found in ‘settings’.

 

In certain heavily wooded areas throughout Botany Bay, it is possible that the GPS-Auto-play may not work. Should this occur, simply manually press the play button to continue listening to the audio of the tour.

 

City Guides, Savannah, Georgia

 

As Savannah’s local mobile app company, Tour Buddy Apps wanted to give the over 7 million tourists who visit Savannah every year an easy way to find and download the best guides to history, attractions and events in the area.  Savannah Experiences available on iOS and Android includes over 10 guides for download and was created using the App Builder Platform.  


What’s in the App?

Savannah’s amazing attractions range from beautiful historic parks and picturesque beaches to delicious local food and kid friendly museums. The Savannah Experiences App is a Multi-Guide App that lets users download guides for a wide range of experiences all in one place.  Tourists and locals alike can check out the local event app like First Friday Art March or download the Bonaventure Cemetery Tour and learn about the cemetery’s famous inhabitants.

Partnering with Visit Savannah

Tour Buddy Apps has partnered with Visit Savannah, the visitor bureau of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce to offer our Savannah Audio Walking Tour in 7 free Foreign Language Tours.  All audio and tour content is available offline in separate apps for the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.

Apps available for download in Savannah Experiences:

Bonaventure Cemetery Tour LITE: Free
Der Savannah Stadtrundgang: Free
First Friday Art March: Free
Geekend: Free
Passeio de Savannah: Free
Paseo de Savannah: Free
The Scout Guide: Free
Savannah for Kids: Free
Savannah Walking Tour: $8.99
Savannah Walking Tour LITE: Free
Starland District: Free
Stopover Music Festival: Free
Tour di Savannah: Free
サバナウォーキングツア: Free
萨凡纳徒步游: Free

Heritage Farm Tour, North Georgia

The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center gives visitors an inside look at how nature and farming inspired a North Georgia mountain man to write great poetry and novels.  With the self-guided app, visitors can roam the farm while listening to the history about the Reece Family, Native American and Early Settler history and info on local towns.  Instead of relying solely on docents or tour guides to take visitors around, the Farm and Heritage Center uses the app to not only let visitors explore at their own pace but also as a virtual tour for potential visitors who want to learn more about this dynamic poet and his farm in the North Georgia Mountains.  The app also gives visitors information on local businesses and events to share all the exciting activities for visitors to the area.

 

Walking and Driving Tour, Henderson, Minnesota

Several historic foundations and local societies in Henderson, Minnesota provided funding and research to create the Discover Henderson App using the App Builder Website.  They wanted an easy way to create several different tours of Henderson in order to preserve the history and stories of their town.  


What’s in the App?

The Discover Henderson App invites users to experience one of Minnesota’s most historic towns nestled in the Minnesota River Valley.  Major highlights in the Discover Henderson App include a tour of Sibley County Historic Museum, Henderson’s Historic Main Street, and a GPS guided historic walking tour. Users can listen to audio clips that elaborate on the various GPS triggered stops, or scroll through the various town celebrations such as the Classic Car Roll In or Sauerkraut Days. The Discover Henderson App relates the rich history and traditions of the town and people of Henderson, Minnesota.  The Discover Henderson App is available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Campus Tour, Brisbane, Australia

The UQ App gives users a tour of the St. Lucia Campus at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  The University knows how important it is for potential and new students to find their way around campus as well and communicating the values, history and story behind the beautiful sandstone campus of St. Lucia.  The UQ App fills this need by offering a self guided tour of the campus with audio, images and specific walking directions around the campus to actual visitors to the campus as well as interested students and parents who want to check on the campus virtually on their smartphone or tablet.

The University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus also created a campus tour of their unique carvings throughout the campus.  Read more about the UQ Carvings app.  

Campus App Tour, Melbourne, Australia

The Billibellarys Walk App is a campus app tour created by the University of Melbourne as a self-guided narrative, from an Aboriginal perspective in order to educate the University’s community about the rich history on its grounds.  The app was created using the App Builder Website and makes all of Wurundjeri people’s rich history easily accessible and serves as a tour guide, lecture and story all in one place.  


 

Take a walk through Billibellary’s Country using Billibellary’s Walk App for your iPhone or iPad. This campus app tour allows users to experience Melbourne’s six seasons as they are subtly reconstructed as the context for understanding place and belonging for the Wurundjeri people. This app exposes users to the cultural interpretation of the land that the Wurundjeri people have inhabited for 40,000 years. Lying within the University of Melbourne’s built environment are the whispers and songs of the Wurundjeri people and their protection of important resources crucial to everyday life. This GPS enabled tour will help users feel, know and imagine the rich history of the Wurundjeri people and the land that they are so closely tied to.

 

 

Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm, North Georgia

The Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm App allows users to explore the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm at their own pace on site or as a virtual tour on their device.    The farm is an outdoor agricultural museum that functions as an educational and interpretive center in northeast Georgia. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is unique for its collection of over 20 intact historic buildings in their original location.

The tour experience shares some of the rich farming history of Northeast Georgia and users can choose their own route or follow the recommended tour route that leads them through the farm core and to nearby farm buildings.

The mission of the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm is to provide and operate an educational and interpretive outdoor museum that uses historic preservation and the natural environment to increase an awareness and understanding of Georgia’s agricultural history.

 

Big Cat Sanctuary Spanish Language App

Big Cat Sanctuary, Tampa, Florida

Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary for big cats, wanted to communicate their mission of rescuing abused and abandoned big cats through a virtual tour app, not only in English, but also in Spanish so that they could reach even more hearts and minds.  Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue created the Big Cat Rescue App as well as the Spanish version, Grandes Felinos al Rescate using the App Builder Website.  Read about how this non-profit organization is spreading the word and awareness about its important mission through their app.


 

Interview with Big Cat Rescue

We caught up with Big Cat Rescue’s #1 cat lover and CEO Carole Baskin about her experience using our tourApp Builder Platform.  The app offers a tour of the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary complete with photos and audio for over 100 Cats along with a GPS based and Campus map.  The app is updated as new cats are brought in to the sanctuary.  The app is available for iPhone and Android.

Tour Buddy: What made you decide to build an app for your organization?

Baskin: We had an app designed for us by a donor, but we didn’t have the ability to keep it current and didn’t want to keep asking him to update it, so the Tour Buddy app was a great way to get what we wanted, without bothering anyone else.

Tour Buddy: How long did it take to create the content and create the app using the Tour Buddy app builder website?

Baskin: It took me two days to build our tour, and that included 105 exotic cats (or stops, as would be the lingo on most tours). There was a photo of each cat, a written bio and an audio bio recording for each cat. We also plotted each cat out on a map in the app. I think it could have been done in a day, if I had all of the files ready ahead of time.

Tour Buddy: What is some of the feedback you have received from the app users?

Baskin: Big Cat Rescue app users love being able to see the cats and hear their stories. It is also a great training tool for our tour guides to learn the cats’ stories and facts about all of the cats at the sanctuary.

Tour Buddy: What is the best part about your app?

Baskin: My favorite thing about Tour Buddy is the ability to update it any time and that it is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Tour Buddy: What did you like about working with Tour Buddy to create your app?

Baskin: The interface was so user friendly that I didn’t need to schedule training and that means a lot to me since time is what I have the least of.

Tour Buddy: What advice would you give to other organizations that are looking to create an app?

Baskin: The Tour Buddy app is IT. No one knows your site like you do, so take the time to put it all in an app and you will benefit from the effort.

Tour Buddy: How often do you make updates to the app content?

Baskin: We update the content less than once a month and expect that we will maintain this same schedule.

Tour Buddy: What impact has your app had on your organization?

Baskin: The Tour Buddy app has enabled me to make sure that every tour guide gets the exact, “purrfect” story on each cat. In the past, our tour guides trained tour guides and, like the old game of telephone, the message gets changed the more it is handed down. We use a written guide, but people still repeat what they hear more than what they read. By having our audio stories all contained in the Big Cat Rescue app, every guide is hearing the accurate and relevant stories of the 105 exotic cats at the sanctuary.

More Big Cat Rescue Information

Find Big Cat Rescue on YouTube at BigCatTV.com (More than 63,000,000 views) or on

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BigCatRescue (More than 95,000 Big Cat Rescue fans).


Tour Buddy helps its clients reach new audiences.  Create an app, update it on the fly, and build your own tour in less than a week (Baskin finished theirs in TWO DAYS!).  If you are interested in creating your own mobile app, or you have a question about our tour app builder, please feel free to sign up for your 14 day free trial! You can also check out our FAQ page for more information.

 

UQ Walking Tour App

Tour of Campus Landmarks

The University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus in Brisbane, Australia has unique and symbolic carvings etched throughout their campus’ buildings.  While the Saint Lucia Campus already has an app tour of their campus, UQ Walking Tours, they wanted to show the beauty and importance of these carvings in a walking tour app to share with their community and the world.  The UQ Carvings App was created using the App Builder Website and depicts more than 1,000 carvings located throughout the scenic campus.


The App

The UQ Carvings App for iOS and Android gives users an inttimate look into the beautiful carvings featured throughout The Great Court area of the University.  The Great Court was designed to be a modern take on the European quadrangles of monasteries and universities. This video describes the significance of the Great Court Carvings:

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The UQ Carvings App tour is organized by building and shows the various areas with carvings along with a caption.  Users can get walking directions to each building and encounter the rich carvings first hand.  Now visitors can not only see each carving in the UQ Carvings App, but they can locate them on campus and better understand the significance of each carving.  Download the UQ Carvings to experience this beautiful space.

 

Meridian Historic Walking Tour App

Historic Walking Tour of Downtown

The city of Meridian, Idaho wanted to showcase their long and rich history with a walking tour. The city wanted to share local stories and inform their community and visitors about the cultural gems that lie around town. Informational videos, starring a Meridian historian, provide further details as the tour progresses. The app features numerous sites that hold untold treasures!

Building the App

Evarts with the Meridian Historical Preservation Commission worked with local high schooler Nic Herman to develop a digital walking tour with an app called TourBuddy.

So far, there are 22 destination stops in downtown Meridian that will be programmed into the app, Evarts said. The app will use the GPS on your phone or device to let you know how close you are to a destination.

Each stop will have its own profile on the app featuring things like historical background, current information, videos and pictures from the past and present.

The city of Meridian already has a historic walking tour. In fact, every Meridian third-grader takes this tour during the school year. The teachers and students carry books around during the tour with information about the historic sites.

The new app will give teachers, students and other visitors a pool of information and interactive materials, all gathered in one place.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Evarts said. “It’s kind of a neat way to jump into the digital age with an easy-to-use platform.”

Read the full article about how Meridian’s Walking Tour app is helping to teach 3rd graders about History here>>

 

The App

The app guides users around the town of Meridian by using GPS markers. Highlights of the tour combine historical buildings with unique stories from local historian, Lila Hill.  Josh Evarts, who worked closely with the Meridian Historical Preservation Commission to create the app describes the App Builder as, “a neat way to jump into the digital age with an easy-to-use platform.”  The Meridian Press has written an article about how the app was created and launched.

The walking tour serves to educate users on significant locations while informing them of past stories that are often overlooked. Although the historic walking tour can be enjoyed by anyone, local Meridian grade-school students will be included in the fun as the city helps supplement students’ education of the area using the tour as an active learning experience. Understanding the intricacies that make this town special will foster respect and pride in the younger generations. This is also true for anyone who partakes in the tour!

Can you spot the art deco roof line on the old high school? Or, do you know what year Meridian celebrated its centennial? 

Learn more about Meridian’s Historic Walking Tour available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

City Festival and Walking Guide for 150th Anniversary

The App

Fort Thomas’s Birthday

A new app is being rolled out just in time for the 150th birthday of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. The town has employed the Tour Buddy app to keep participants informed about the long list of events that are in store during the sesquicentennial in early July 2017.

Fort Thomas birthday festivities:

  • Cupcake eating contest
  • Fireworks display
  • School of Rock Concert

Fort Thomas’s History

Not only does the app include the schedule and details about the upcoming festivities, it also includes historic tours around Fort Thomas. For example, one stop showcases the oldest home in Fort Thomas, the Taliaferro Home. GPS location triggers help participants find their way. Historic black and white photos, accompanied by modern color photos show how the home has changed throughout the years. Nuggets of historic information are included in the app as well.

Did you know that in 1947 a plane crashed in town and a local grocer came to the rescue?

Learn more while taking the Fort Thomas North End Tour. Or, take the City Center Tour, to view the home and studio of Harlan Hubbard, aka “Kentucky’s Thoreau.” Tour participants can view the accompanying video that celebrates the memory of Harlan and Anna Hubbard to learn more.

Check out the video >>>

In the News

The Fort Thomas Matters online newsletter quoted the city’s sesquicentennial planning member, Chuck Keller discussing the new app, “It becomes a very interesting e-card for the city, a way to introduce ourselves to new businesses and new residents.”

Read the full article >>>

http://www.fortthomasmatters.com/2017/02/fort-thomas-city-council-oks-money-for.html

Appeal

The app will not only benefit the citizens of Fort Thomas, who will now be able to learn about their town’s history and upcoming citywide events, but it will also appeal to visitors who may be unfamiliar with the long and rich history of the area. This app gives local businesses a chance to introduce sales and promotions directly to users as well. From providing programming information about upcoming town festivals to sharing stories from the town’s long history, the Tour Buddy app is helping to maintain a strong and unique community.

Civil War Tour, Alexandria, Virginia

The City of Alexandria utilized the App Builder Website to publish their Civil War Driving Tour App for iPhone and Android. This app allows users to “explore Civil War Alexandria and discover how Robert E. Lee’s hometown of Confederate loyalists became a major operations center for Union forces while thousands of African Americans came to the town seeking freedom and security behind Union lines.” Alexandria’s unique Civil War heritage gives visitors today the chance to see a Union fort, Confederate memorial, and museums dedicated to African American history. Check out more than two dozen distinctive sites and learn why Alexandria’s position as an occupied city made its Civil War experience unlike any other town in America – and why today Alexandria embraces its diversity as well as its past!  See why the City of Alexandria used the App Builder Website to create their app:

Q & A with Liz Williams, Assistant Director for the City of Alexandria

Q: What made you decide to build an app for your organization?

A: It was the Civil War Sesquicentennial and we wanted to share the City of Alexandria’s Civil War history to as many people as possible. The mobile app was the perfect way to provide that information to guests and residents, meeting them where they are – on their smartphones.

Q: What is the best part about your app?

A: The best part of the app is the historic photos we used to showcase each stop. It brings a different perspective when you are looking at each stop.

Q: What did you like about working with Tour Buddy to create your app?

A: The platform was easy to use, allowing us to upload all the information ourselves.  And the staff was extremely helpful is providing good tips to make the product the best it could be.

Q: What advice would you give to other organizations who are looking to create an app?

A: Make sure you have an end goal in mind before you start. Plus high resolution graphics, a good data collector, and a skillful writer.

Bonaventure Cemetery Tour App available for download today!

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The Bonaventure Historical Society wanted to create an app tour that would tell visitors the stories of all those buried in the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.  By creating a mobile app tour, they were able to provide a self guided tour to visitors as well as bring in revenue to help fund the cemetery.  Read more about their app.


As one of Savannah’s most visited attractions, The Bonaventure Cemetery has a hauntingly beautiful landscape and wealth of stories to tell. The Bonaventure Historical Society created  a mobile app tour so that more visitors could hear and experience the stories and images at their own pace with a GPS triggered app. Many important historical figures and artists are buried at Bonaventure including poet Conrad Aiken, Academy Award-winning lyricist Johnny Mercer and Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair. There are two apps available through the Savannah Experiences App including Bonaventure Cemetery Tour LITE which is free and has a select number of stops that users can preview, and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour ($4.99) that has the full tour of 31 stops.

 

All proceeds from the app purchase go directly to support the preservation efforts of the cemetery by the Bonaventure Historical Society. Come experience this rich historical 100 acre cemetery and download the Bonaventure Cemetery Tour App in the Savannah Experiences App on the App Store and Google Play today.