Historical Cell Phone Tour begins in Winchester

The French and Indian War Foundation initiated Winchester’s first Historical Cell Phone Tour on Sept. 14. A ceremonial “first phone call” was made by Winchester Mayor Liz Minor after the Cell Phone Tour signs were unveiled at 419 North Loudoun St. at 10 a.m.

The signs provide instructions on how to hear narrations pertaining to the Fort Loudoun site and its significance in the early history of our country. The audio files are also available on the Internet (at www.FIWF.org), to smart phone users, in the form of mp3 and wav files.

Additionally, the signs show an artistic sketch of what Fort Loudoun may have looked like and provide an aerial overview of North Loudoun Street with an outline of where the fort was physically located.

Topics covered in the tour include the fort’s history, its layout, buildings, the well located inside and a little known story of prisoner interrogation conducted by George Washington.

The cell phone tour is designed so that other topics of interest can be developed and added at a later date. Plans are already being made to add a narration about the letters written by George Washington while he was living at the fort in Winchester in the mid 1750’s. The Foundation is exploring the idea of having local auditions for the voice of a young Colonel Washington to read the letters for the tour.

The concept of the cell phone tour was presented to the FIWF Board earlier this year after a board member experienced a similar tour at Kings Mountain National Military Park in North Carolina.

For more information about the French and Indian War Foundation or to make any suggestions about additional content for the Cell Phone Tour, visit www.FIWF.org or email fiwf419@gmail.com.