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High Tech History

Technology is allowing visitors to interact with Pennsylvania history like never before. From the Gettysburg Battlefield to Fort Ligonier, new apps will revolutionize the way visitors can experience these iconic attractions. Download the apps to your device and prepare to have a wealth of knowledge right at your fingertips. All apps are available for both Android and iPhone unless noted.

NPS Independence - Philadelphia & The Countryside
The National Park Service created a free app to experience Independence National Historic Park in a brand new way. Learn more about key points of interest with photos and visiting information with the “sites” button. Experience one of five audio tours like “In Franklin’s Footsteps” where visitors can walk through the City of Philadelphia that Benjamin Franklin once roamed. If you ever find that you are lost within the park, use the “locate me” feature to find where you are amongst illustrated walkways and buildings. For any children who are accompanying the trip to Independence National Historic Site, keep them occupied with five themed activities that earn them a Junior Ranger certificate. Bring the certificate with you to the park and earn a collective Junior Ranger badge.

Gettysburg Battle App - Dutch Country Roads
What really happened at the Battle of Gettysburg? This free 150th Anniversary Edition battle app and the GPS-enabled tours take visitors through all the historical landmarks of one of the Civil War’s most infamous battles. While visiting each landmark, the app offers in-depth descriptions of what happened right where you are standing. Gain even more knowledge on a trek through the battlefield by listening to audio accounts from soldiers and civilians, as well as watching videos from on-board historians. This app is the ultimate guide to the infamous battle of Gettysburg.

Pennsylvania Historical Landmarks Lite - Regions across Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has a storied past, and visitors can keep track of the state’s historical sites with the Pennsylvania Historical Landmarks Lite app. The free app allows users to explore PA’s most popular sites like Trout Hall and Fort McIntosh, or use the map to find where iconic destinations are located across the state. Then, press on the location to get a brief history of the site, see pictures of the destination, check-in to the site, or favorite it for future road trips.

Jim Thorpe Walking Tour - Pocono Mountains
Looking to experience the quaint towns of Pennsylvania? Jim Thorpe is the perfect place to get started. Take an audio walking tour of 10 historic sites located throughout the town. Help support the Mauch Chunk Historical Society by purchasing the Jim Thorpe Walking Tour app, and enjoy an audio exploration through destinations like Harry Packer Mansion and the Hooven Mercantile building.

Fort Ligonier Days - Laurel Highlands
The Fort Ligonier Days app is free and provides a first-hand look at the event that attracts more than 100,000 people to the historic streets of Ligonier. With this app, visitors will have a map of the festival including the location of popular craft booths. Details on the parade, the Fort Ligonier Days 5K, live entertainment, and much more are also included. The Fort Ligonier Days app is your one stop shop for information on this historic PA festival.