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.