Did you know Frederick, Maryland has a walking tour app?
The Frederick Maryland Walking Tour App takes you on a GPS-navigated tour of Frederick’s historic downtown while featuring the history, architecture, and historical photographs of Frederick.
The tour is divided into several mini-tours, which can be done in order, or simply based on where you are in town. The app is user-friendly – a corresponding brochure is available at the Frederick Visitor’s Center or at www.iTourFrederick.com – and costs $6.99 to download. It’s available on both Apple and Android devices.
The walking tour app was developed and written by Scott Grove from Grove Public Relations and his business partners, Eric and Carrie Delente from Enforme Interactive. Grove says the app has the “feel of a PBS documentary,” a female narrator shares information on general history, while a male narrator reinforces the history by referencing architectural locations.
Photographs supplement the audio; many of the images were provided by the Frederick Historical Society. The Historical Society and the Tourism Council of Frederick both played a crucial role in the development of the app, and both benefit from each download.
Grove hopes the app will help teach the over 1 million visitors to Frederick each year something about the history and evolution of the city, as well as encourage users to “go home and look at their own downtowns” with a sense of curiosity and interest in the history. He also hopes the app will foster an “appreciation for preserved architecture.”
Karolina Gajdeczka is a former editorial intern at Maryland Life.