Sunday, December 3, 2023

New app ideal for Virginia explorers and history lovers

Woman using smart phone

WILLIAMSBURG — There’s an exciting new app out for both Android and Apple users, and one that history lovers and explorers alike might want to try.

The Virginia History Trails App has just been released and makes exploring Virginia and visiting history a breeze.

Simply go to the app store on your cellphone and search for it by name. The app downloads in seconds and you can quickly create an account using an existing social media or email account.

The app features more than 400 of the state’s “most impactful” places, people, and events, including 200-plus actual locations.

“Virginia history is the beginning of the American story,” reads the app’s description.

Once an account is created, you can log in and earn badges when “checking-in” at the various locations.

Another especially useful feature is the “near me” option. Travel to a part of the state you’re not overly familiar with, tap the near me tab, and your location is found via your phone’s GPS system.

You can also tap on the location and get expanded information about the point of interest (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)
You can also tap on the location and get expanded information about the point of interest (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)

Then you’re shown nearby points of interest. The app will also allow you to tap on the locations for more information about that site. Notifications of upcoming events and festivals can also be received.

The app is downloaded free of charge.

This story was published in partnership with our sister publication, Southside Daily.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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