Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Preserved and Enshrined
The actual house where the Wright brothers dreamed of flight and the bicycle shop where they built the first airplane can no longer be seen here in West Dayton. But the original buildings still exist, and are well preserved.
In 1936 wealthy industrialist Henry Ford bought both the home and workshop where the Wrights made history.
The citizens of Dayton in the 1930s did not oppose Ford's removal of the plain, 8-room Wright house from Hawthorne Street. People then considered it to be a great honor that Ford wanted to include the Wright brothers in his outdoor museum of American innovators, now called Greenfield Village.
In the years since the Wright home and workshop were taken away, Dayton has fostered a new culture in favor of historic preservation to ensure that sites like these are safeguarded for future generations.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 45.285′ N, 84° 12.701′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on 4th Street west of Hawthorne Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Neighborhood Geniuses We were always happy on Hawthorne Street... (a few steps from this marker); Wright Brothers Home Base (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheels to Wings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of Aviation (about 300 feet away); West Side (about 400 feet away); 31 Years at the Lab (about 700 feet away); The Professor of the Propeller (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
Also see . . .
1. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dayton, Ohio Aviation Trail. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Greenfield Village. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.