New expertise is permitting guests on the Oakley Cabin in Olney, Maryland, to view and listen to concerning the website’s historical past on their smartphones by scanning 9 completely different QR codes which can be posted at completely different areas on the website.

There’s an previous log cabin that survived the ravages of time, nestled beneath the towering oak timber alongside the banks of the Reddy Branch Stream on Brookeville Road in Olney, Maryland.

Traffic whizzes by but it surely appears time stands nonetheless on the Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, the place a number of picnic benches beckon guests alongside the one-and-a-half story historic cabin fronted by cut up rail fence.

“The constructing that you simply see on website at the moment is a log cabin. And initially, there have been three log cabins constructed on this space. They have been constructed within the 1820s. They have been houses of enslaved households. And the cabin right here at the moment is clearly the final one remaining standing. And it continued to be lived in up till the late twentieth century,” mentioned Stefan Woehlke, a postdoctoral affiliate within the Historic Preservation Program on the University of Maryland.

The website is utilized by Montgomery County to share and interpret the historical past of the Reconstruction Era and lives of the freed slaves who lived on the website within the 1870s and ’80s.

Woehlke teamed up with the county on a venture that makes use of expertise to boost the customer expertise on the nineteenth century website.

“Most of the time while you come to go to, the location is all locked up, the shutters are closed, you may’t see inside,” Woehlke mentioned.

There’s a historic marker to learn and a pair wayside reveals with footage and textual content, however Woehlke wished one thing extra. So he developed digital content material that guests can view on their smartphones by scanning 9 completely different QR codes which can be posted at completely different areas on the website.

“What we’re capable of do with the augmented actuality expertise is construct interpretive content material that individuals can entry on a regular basis that’s partaking, that reveals components of the panorama, that may’t be seen at the moment by guests. And additionally to create some methods for visitors to have interaction with the location,” Woehlke mentioned. “As lengthy as you’ve entry to the web, you should utilize a smartphone or a pill.”

Scanning the QR codes additionally gives audio narration and, at one spot, the augmented actuality digitally removes the entrance of the home so you may truly see inside.

With historic websites scattered all through the county, personnel aren’t at all times readily available to assist folks perceive what they’re seeing. Woehlke is hoping his mannequin of augmented actuality could be replicated at different websites, so guests can additional discover historical past at their fingertips.

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