History meets technology in Madison with the new smart phone app "Walk Historic Madison." As of November 13th, you will be able to take a self-guided walking tour of historic Madison, Alabama using the Pocketsights app on your phone.
The public release of the app set for Saturday November 13th from 1pm-2:30pm will feature historic characters as they stroll through downtown Madison to learn more about local history. Community members will also be able to view the newly renovated historic train roundhouse, one of the few remaining in the southeast.
This walking tour highlights the City of Madison’s outstanding architecture and early formative history. Most of the buildings on this tour date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Madison was founded as a shipping station on the Memphis and Charleston railroads. From tobacco warehouses to a rare historic railway roundhouse and a cozy Main Street, historic gems can be discovered throughout the Walking Tour area.
The Walking Tour of Historic Madison Smartphone App is a joint project with the Rotary Club of Madison-Sunset Group, the Madison Visionary Partners, the Madison Station Historical Preservation Society, and the Girl Scouts of North Alabama. It was developed to showcase the historic and business district of downtown Madison for visitors and citizens alike.
Finley Koswoski, a local Girl Scout, helped complete this app for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project by creating historical summaries, recording people addressing each historic location, and helping unveil the app to the town. The recordings were uploaded to the app, so the town can have a narration while on the tour. John Rankin and Billie Goodson of the Madison Station Historical Preservation Society provided local historical information, which the app will reference.