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Leesburg Launches New Walking Tour App
Tour Leesburg allows downtown visitors to explore the history around them.
Leesburg, VA (August 11, 2017) – This week, the Town of Leesburg unveiled a new walking tour app for iPhone and Android smartphones. The “Tour Leesburg” app guides visitors to various historic sites in downtown Leesburg and provides historical information about each site, along with historical images and maps. Users can follow the tour directions, visiting each site in numerical order, or opt to find sites near them using the map feature. In addition, users can choose to listen to recordings of each site’s information, rather than reading the text.
Currently, there are two tours available on the app. The Historical Highlights of Leesburg tour includes eleven sites that represent the breadth of Leesburg’s history. The African American History tour includes thirteen sites, ranging from Robinson’s Barber Shop to the former Douglass High School (now the Douglass Community Center). Two additional tours are under development, a Civil War tour and an Architectural Highlights tour.
Developed by Karleen Kovalcik, an intern with the Thomas Balch Library, the Tour Leesburg app uses the OnCell digital storytelling platform. The app is available for free from the App Store and Google Play.
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