Quincy Main Street has launched a Historic Quincy Walking Tour and audio app for Apple and Android phones and devices.
The “talking” tour allows visitors to listen to professional audio narrations as they stroll the historic district and approach each location in the thirty-six block National Register Historic District, which covers the entire downtown and surrounding area.
The tour includes information about the architectural style and history of each site, along with interesting stories about the builders and early occupants.
The tour is separated into three districts containing 71 individual stops: downtown commercial district; eastern residential district and historic Eastern Cemetery; and western residential district and historic Western Cemetery.
For a hands-free experience, the user has the option of selecting GPS triggers in the settings so the audio plays automatically as they approach each stop.
The app also includes images, GPS points, text, and dynamic interactive maps.
The audio app, as well as walking tour booklets, were partly grant-funded. Local historians Dawn McMillan and Joe Munroe, along with Quincy Main Street board members researched, wrote and designed the tour.
Alex Sink, Quincy Main Street executive director, said Quincy is lucky to have in-house talent capable of completing such an involved project.
“This is a great asset for our community,” Sink said.
The free app, titled “Historic Quincy Walking Tour” is available for download from the Apple Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. A desktop website version is also available at quincymainstreet.org.
Free printed walking tour booklets and brochures are available at the Quincy Main Street office, 104-A N. Adams St., as well as other locations around town.
For more information, visit www.quincymainstreet.org.
Special to The Herald