Hagerstown in Wayne County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Home Sweet Home
When you enter the front door, you feel like you are stepping back into 1867 to experience a visit with Milton, Susan, and their three sons, Reuchlin, Lorin, and baby, Wilbur.
Susan Wright wanted to settle down and own their own home for the birth of their third child, Wilbur
Birth Home History
1845 – Original house was built
September 17, 1865- Purchased by Milton for $700.00.
April 21, 1929 – Bought by the state for $3,500.00. Had several owners and renters until that time and had fallen into disrepair.
1955 – State thought maintenance was too costly, so the house was razed and replaced with a 50-year monument.
1971 – Then Governor Whitcomb agreed with the local people – the Birthplace needed a house. An archeological dig located the original foundation upon which the house would be constructed.
1973- Present house built – incorporating the material and elements of design of the original Wright Home, as closely as possible.
1988 – Because of low attendance, the state planned to move the home to another location.
Nov. 3, 1995 – The state deeded the property to the newly formed Wilbur Wright Birthplace Preservation Society.
Milton, who later became a bishop of the United Brethren Church in Christ, met Susan Koerner at Hartsville College. They married in 1859 when Milton was 31 and Susan was 28.
Wilbur took his first steps here at 10 ½ months, which Milton considered a sign of intelligence. All five Wright children could read and write before entering school.
After years of ill health, Susan died of consumption in 1889 at age 58. “Thus went out the light of my life,” Milton noted in his diary.
Susan never knew of her sons dream. Milton flew once with Orville when he was 81 years of age. Milton died in 1917 at age 88.
Homes of the Wrights
Farm near Rushville, IN – 1859
Farm, Fairmont, IN – 1859-1864
Farm, Andersonville, IN – 1864-1865
Farm, Millville, IN – 1865-1868 where Wilbur was born
Hartsville, IN – 1869-1869
Dayton, OH – 1869-1878 where Orville and Katharine were born on Hawthorn Street
Cedar Rapids, IA – 1878-1880
Farm, Adair, IA – 1880-1882
Dublin, IN – 1882
Richmond, IN – 1882-1884
Hawthorn Street – 1884-1912
Hawthorn Hill Mansion – 1913-1947
Erected by Henry County Community Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 39° 57.315′ N, 85° 14.597′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Indiana, in Wayne County. Marker is on County Road 750E, 0.4 miles south of County Road 200N, on the right when traveling south. Marker located at Wilbur Wright Birthplace. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1525 North County Road 750E, Hagerstown IN 47346, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of Wilbur Wright (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial - Henry County Indiana (approx. 7 miles away); Dedicated to the Henry County Veterans (approx. 7 miles away); First Henry County Courthouse (approx. 7 miles away); Henry County Courthouse 1869 / Raintree County (approx. 7 miles away); Gen. William Grose House (approx. 7 miles away); William Grose (approx. 7 miles away); W. W. I War Memorial - Henry County Indiana (approx. 7½ miles away).
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