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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park | Map

22 S. Williams Street
Dayton, OH 45407
Phone: 937-225-7705
Fax: 937-225-7706

The park commemorates Wilbur and Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar, and their work in the Miami Valley. The Wright brothers developed and built the first successful powered airplane in their Dayton bicycle shop. Dunbar's literary work - novels, plays, short stories, and more than 400 published poems - earned him international acclaim in a field almost exclusively reserved for whites.


The Wright Cycle Company complex | Map

22 S. Williams Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-225-7705

The complex includes two adjoining buildings, the Hoover Block, also known as the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum, along with the Wright Cycle Company building. The interpretive center is the main visitor center for the park; it occupies the restored Hoover Block building.
The Wright Cycle Shop is the fourth of five locations where the Wright brothers operated a bicycle business. They were in this building from 1895 until 1897.

Hours: 8:30am-5 pm daily; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Admission: Free


Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial | Map

219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street
Dayton, OH 45407
Phone: 937-224-7061
Paul Laurence Dunbar purchased the house at 219 North Summit Street (now Paul Laurence Dunbar Street) for his mother. In 1903 he returned here to live with his mother. He completed his last work in this house and died here in 1906. The house today appears much as it did at the time of the poet's death. It contains many original furnishings and artifacts, including a bicycle the Wright brothers gave Dunbar. The house is a National Historic Landmark and is owned and operated by the Ohio Historical Society.

Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day -- Wednesday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday noon-5 p.m. Labor Day to Oct. 31 - Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 1 - April 1: Closed.
Admission: Adults, $6; children 6-12, $3; Children 5 or younger, free. School Groups: $3 per student


Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center

Huffman Prairie Flying Field
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433
Enter through Gate 16 A of Ohio Rt. 444
Phone: (interpretive center): 937-425-0008
This 84-acre patch of rough pasture is where the Wright brothers continued their flying experiments after Kitty Hawk, culminating in the world's first practical airplane - the 1905 Wright Flyer III. Later they used the prairie to the aircraft built by the Wright Company and operated the Wright School of Aviation. The school turned out more than 100 pilots, including many of America's pioneer aviators. The U.S. Army Signal Corps purchased the field in 1917 and renamed it, along with 2,000 adjacent acres, Wilbur Wright Field. In 1948 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was established here. Today, visitors can see where the Wrights developed the world's first practical airplane as well as replicas of their 1905 hangar and launching catapult.

Hours: All year, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday
Admission: Free
NOTE: The Flying Field is located on an active military base and subject to unannounced closure. Visitors are urged to call ahead.

Huffman Prairie Interpretive Center
2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433
The interpretive center is located at the Wright Memorial atop a hill overlooking the flying field. It explores their technical achievements, their demonstration flights in the United States and Europe, and their Dayton aircraft plant. It also highlights their continuing legacy embodied embodied in the development of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the aeronautical research that continues here today.

Hours: 8:30am-5 pm daily; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission: Free


John W. Berry Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center (Wright Flyer III) | Map

Dayton History at Carillon Park
1000 Carillon Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45409
Phone: 937-293-2841
The Berry Center is part of Dayton History at Historical Park. The collections of the Wright Brothers Aviation Center tell the story of the Wright brothers' lives and their historic achievement. The centerpiece is the 1905 Wright Flyer III, which is considered to be the world's first practical airplane, restored under the close direction of Orville Wright and placed in Wright Hall when the park opened in 1950. The multimedia Object Theater dramatically displays some of the most significant artifacts associated with the Wright story, such as an original Van Cleve bicycle, one of the Wrights' own designs. Next to Wright Hall is a replica of the bicycle shop the brothers operated from 1897 to 1908.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Admission: Adults $8, Children ages 3-17 $5, seniors $7, members and children under 3 free.

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