Have you explored the Next Exit History app yet?

My columns this year will focus on the 25 key historic sites and plaques that will be uploaded onto Hudson's portion of the app.

Some of these places have been featured in previous columns, but I'll try to add some new details.

Destination Hudson and Hudson Heritage Association are collaborating on writing descriptions for each of the places chosen; Joann Moore has joined Tom Vince, Don Husat and myself in researching the information.

If you don't have a smartphone, you will be able to find the information in these columns, and also in the walking tours recently updated by Hudson Heritage Association.

Through the generosity of the Reinberger Foundation and Hudson Community Foundation, Destination Hudson has received funds to establish our city as part of the Next Exit History (NEH) app for smart phones.

NEH has one app for the entire country, with over 60,000 sites in their data base.

Not only will this be a treasure-trove of historical information for Hudson residents and visitors, but people interested in history can see what is here in Hudson as they plan a visit.

Once you've downloaded the app, you can tap into historical sites wherever you are in the country.

We haven't started populating the site with our own information yet (before the next column, I hope), but if you are in Hudson or Twinsburg (location activated on your phone) a number of plaques will show up which have been generated by NEH.

It lists sites in order of proximity to your location, hence the one pictured here is the very first one I see while sitting in the Visitor Center & Gift Shop.

It is right at the corner of the Town Hall building, and celebrates the first site of our Congregational Church.

The Hudson Congregational Church was dedicated March 1, 1820, and it was on the steps of this church that John Brown made his first anti-slavery speech in November, 1837.

In 1865 the Congregational Church moved to their current location on Aurora Street, and in 1879 the existing Town Hall building was built on the site.

In addition to housing City offices until they moved to Boston Mills Road, the Town Hall building has, over the years, been home to the Police Station, a jail, the Hudson Players theater, the draft board and the rations board.

An addition was added in 1896 to house the Fire Station, and it is fitting that this space now holds the Hudson Fire Museum.