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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  • Best part was the parachute museum. The staff was great! Very clean. The parachute museum had some great exhibits.  more »
  • The Wright Brothers were amazing and tenacious inventors. This site celebrates these brothers and the cradle of practical air flight. The park rangers are informative, entertaining, and bring the site...  more »
  • There are sites all over Southwestern Ohio devoted to aviation history (you can visit a bunch of them and earn a teddy bear!). But this Wright bicycle shop, next to a very nice museum, is my favorite ...  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Modern hotels with both executive suites and standard rooms are conveniently located downtown. Just outside this area are family-owned bed and breakfasts, which have fewer rooms but an abundance of character. Both locations offer easy access to sites in the downtown area.
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