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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  • September 8, 2017
    Very small, but very well presented displays of the Wright Bros. printing, bicycle and airplane businesses. No admission. Includes a Parachute Museum upstairs.  more »
  • August 27, 2017
    I would recommend taking a ranger tour of the surrounding streets, for is it was very helpful to visualize Dayton in the days of the Wright Brothers. The ranger showed us the site of their house, seve...  more »
  • August 22, 2017
    We watched the movie it explained it all. How exciting. Wow what the brothers had to go through . They never gave up even with all the hardships. The complex it all over the place, it also has an exhi...  more »
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  • March 19, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    A must-visit attraction for an aviation fan. There are replicas of the interior of the Wright Brothers cycle shop as well as several Wright inventions.
  • July 1, 2017
    Humbling to know that the Wright Brothers walked on these very floors. Small but lots of fun with quite a few hands on activities to keep us occupied.
  • May 5, 2017
    This is the bicycle factory where the Wright Brothers built the first airplane. A fantastic spot to learn about the birth of aviation!
  • May 21, 2017
    Small but with alot of historical information. Outstanding movie on the Wright brothers.

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