Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton

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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, United States that commemorates three important historical figures—Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar—and their work in the Miami Valley.Park historyThe idea for the present-day Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park was first conceived by Jerry Sharkey. Much of the Dayton neighborhood where Orville and Wilbur Wright had lived and worked had already been destroyed by the 1970s. Neglect, riots during the 1960s, and a highway project through the city had leveled much of the neighborhood. Decades earlier, Henry Ford had also relocated one of the Wrights' bicycle shops from Dayton to its present location in Greenfield Village, Michigan, for display.Sharkey's quest to preserve the Wright brothers' legacy began when he purchased their last surviving bicycle shop in Dayton for just $10,000, which saved the building from demolition. He also founded the Aviation Trail Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to the creation of a potential national park or historic district encompassing the Wright brothers' buildings. Sharkey enlisted the help of local political and media figures to lobby for the creation of the park. Notable figures who supported its creation included the descendants of the Wright brothers, aviation historian Tom Crouch, U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice, then-U.S. Rep. Dave Hobson, Dayton Daily News publisher Brad Tillson, and Michael Gessel, an aide to former U.S. Rep. Tony P. Hall. The group lobbied federal officials and the National Park Service to incorporate the landmarks related to the Wright brothers, which are scattered throughout the city, into a new historic trail.
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  • We stopped by to see the Dayton Aviation Heritage Muesum and it was just so very interesting. But seeing that neighborhood was almost just as cool and the BBQ place right across the street is worth it...  more »
  • We were in Dayton visiting the Air Force Museum and decided to branch out a little. We found the Dayton Aviation Historical Park and decided to have a visit. First, something I really appreciate, ther...  more »
  • Although this place can stand on its on it is where you go if you want to visit the Wright Cycle shop which can only be seen with a ranger. A video about the Wright brothers is available on request an...  more »
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  • Great place to stopped by for kids and aviation enthusiast. They're open on Sunday, we're driving from NY to KY to Mammoth Cave, you can stopped by and learn the history of aviation from Wright. We have pet but she cannot go inside the building but you can walk outside. It's nice and cool experience for us and especially the kids.
  • This is the bicycle factory where the Wright Brothers built the first airplane. A fantastic spot to learn about the birth of aviation!
  • Small but with alot of historical information. Outstanding movie on the Wright brothers.
  • Great experience at this place. Very nice grounds and museum. I learned a lot about the Wright Brothers here that I didn't know. The 30 minute movie is very good too and I recommend if you can watch that first and then when you walk through the museum you'll get more out of it. You can spend 2 or 2.5 hours here. It has nice grounds if you want to picnic. The bike shop is just a quick mock up but check it out too. Definitely stop here for historical significance if you can.
  • Very interesting look into the history of dayton