Kitty Hawk in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Wright Brothers’ Memorial
Sept. 17, 1900
began the assembly of
which led to man's
conquest of the air.
This is a
reproduction of the
placed on this site
by the Citizens of
Kitty Hawk on
May 2, 1928
Erected 1928 by Citizens of Kitty Hawk, N.C.
Location. 36° 3.711′ N, 75° 42.056′ W. Marker is in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker is on Moore Shore Road 0.1 miles from W. Kitty Hawk Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kitty Hawk NC 27949, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monument to a Century of Flight (approx. 2.6 miles away); Take a Boy Fishing in North Carolina (approx. 2.7 miles away); Kill Devil Hills Fire Rescue Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Four Powered Flights (approx. 3.4 miles away); Field for Flight The First Successful Flight of an Airplane (approx. 3.4 miles away); The First Flight (approx. 3.4 miles away); Kill Devil Hills (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kitty Hawk.
1. Memorial Marker History
In 1928, the citizens of Kitty Hawk erected a granite marker on the spot where Wilbur Wright began the assembly of the Wright Bothers’ first experimental glider, which led to man’s conquest of the air. Seventy Kitty Hawk citizens and the Ladies Aid Society contributed a total of $210 for the marker, which was placed on the lawn of a house on Moore Shore Road in Kitty Hawk Village.
When Wilbur Wright started building the glider on September 17, 1900, the house was occupied by the W. J. Tate family, with whom he boarded when he first came to North Carolina. When the original monument was erected, the house had been sold to the Methodist Church and was being used a a parsonage.
The original house was destroyed by a fire which also caused a major crack in the monument. That damage, plus other wear through its 59 years, prompted the Kitty
By soliciting contributions from local residents, businesses and property owners, the Citizens’ Association raised $4,000 to replace the monument and to hold a dedication ceremony.
Today, the reproduction of the original monument is being dedicated to the town of Kitty Hawk in memory of not only the Wright Brothers, who made the dream of flight a reality, but also in remembrance of those 70 original contributors who had the wisdom and the foresight to commemorate a place in history.
[Source: from Dedication Ceremonies on 9/17/87 (see below picture titled Memorial Marker History).]
— Submitted July 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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