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TravelStorys Give Visitors and Residents a New Interactive Way to Experience Montgomery County

TravelStorys App provides free GPS guided tours that share the stories of Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Tourism department of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with economic development and the Department of History and Archives, announce new TravelStorys audio tour that allows listeners to hear the historic stories of Montgomery County while traveling the Erie Canalway Trail throughout the county.

The Mohawk River and the Noses near Canajoharie

The Cycling the Erie Canal: A Path Through History audio tour is available through the free TravelStorys app (available for download on smartphones). TravelStorys brings the little-known stories about the land to life, and by using GPS technology, stories on the tours automatically play as listeners pass through each site.

The Cycling the Erie Canal tour follows the scenic Erie Canalway Trail/Empire State Trail from St. Johnsville to Amsterdam (in either direction). As cyclists travel the trail, they’re serenaded with stories of the history, landscape, culture, and attractions of Montgomery County. Narrated by Bob Cudmore, the historic stories were compiled and edited by Montgomery County Historian, Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar. The 35 stories tell about Montgomery County’s past and how they shaped the future – spanning from native and colonial times through the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad and the Industrial Revolution to present day. The stories tell about nature, transportation, industry, and the people that helped form Montgomery County.

While the Cycling the Erie Canal stories are timed for cyclists, pedestrians utilizing the trail can enjoy the stories as well. Once the app is downloaded, each story will automatically play after entering the story’s radius. Each story is told in a manner that traveling the trail from east to west or west to east will not affect the storytelling experience.

The Montgomery County TravelStorys Audio Tour invites visitors to interact with the region in a deeper way, and to experience the Erie Canalway Trail in a new way. To download TravelStorys and take the tour, visit Google Play or the Apple Store.

Funding for the Cycling the Erie Canal: A Path Through History audio tour was made possible by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Montgomery County’s I LOVE NY matching funds program.