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Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Preserved and Enshrined

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 20, 2012
1. Preserved and Enshrined Marker
Inscription.

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. Touch 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
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By Unknown, April 16, 1938
2. Photo on Preserved and Enshrined Marker
[Caption reads] The whole Wright clan went to Henry Ford's new museum with Orville to dedicate the newly preserved house and workshop on the anniversary of Wilbur Wright's birthday - April 16, 1938.
(a few steps from this marker); 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
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By Unknown, April 16, 1938
3. Photo on Preserved and Enshrined Marker
Aerial photo of Greenfield Village dedication ceremony
Preserved and Enshrined Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 20, 2012
4. Preserved and Enshrined Marker
Lot where Wright home stood until late 1930s
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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