Monday, October 31, 2016

Take a walk around historic Torrington with new audio tour

There is nothing more refreshing than a walk on a brisk day in a small city that offers great window shopping -- shopping and interesting architecture along the way. To improve on this experience, the Torrington Historical Society has installed of 21 audio tour signs in Historic Downtown Torrington.

The audio tour signs are permanently placed on each of 21 historic buildings and sites highlighted on the tour route. Each sign has a unique QR (quick response) code that can be read using a smartphone and will connect the user to an audio recording about the history of each building and site. The QR codes are located on 8 x 10 inch signs attached to each building on the tour or on sign posts near the sidewalk in front of featured sites; the audio is about two minutes long.
The audio tour allows residents and visitors to learn about the history of these sites that gives Downtown Torrington it's unique character and charm. 
Although the tour can be started at any of the 21 features attractions, it has been designed to begin with the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum at 192 Main Street where free parking is available. The audio tour is a partial loop of about ½ mile. The Tour starts with the Hotchkiss- Fyler House Museum at 192 Main Street and progresses down Main Street to Center Square also known as the Five Points Intersection.  At this point, the tour makes a short side trip up East Main Street as far as the Venetian Restaurant and then  doubles back to the center of town.  At this point, the tour crosses the Naugatuck River on Center Bridge and continues onto Coe Memorial Park and the Torrington Library.  In the final stretch, the tour re-crosses Center Bridge and goes up Water Street and turns right onto Prospect Street where it ends at the Allen G. Brady House located at 258 Prospect St.
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