Orville Wright home to open for tours


OAKWOOD — Orville Wright’s home will be open for visitors on April 28 in a special open house event put on by Dayton History and the Oakwood Historical Society.

Orville, his younger sister Katherine and their father, Bishop Milton Wright, moved into the Hawthorn Hill house in 1914. Now, more than a century later, the home’s interior has been reconstructed to with dozens of pieces of Orville’s furniture, presenting Hawthorn Hill in a way that hasn’t been seen in decades, according to officials.

Expert guides will be in the home during the event to share information about the landmark location and it’s original owner.

Oakwood Historical Society volunteers will also be conducting walking tours of the neighborhood near Hawthorn Hill to shed insight on the men who developed Oakwood in the late 19th century.

Part of the tour also includes learning about Orville Wright’s neighbors: The man who invented Cheez-It’s, an architect, a man known as the “Maker of Machines,” and more.

Refreshments will also be provided including Orville Wright’s favorite cookies, and themed gifts and books will be available for purchase. Visitors will also have a chance to meet Stephen Wright, great grandnephew of the Wright brothers.

Admission to this unique historical experience is $40 per person and tickets are available at www.daytonhistory.org or shop.daytonhistory.org. Tickets must be printed or downloaded and displayed at the time of the event and are non-refundable. Tickets include entrance to Hawthorn Hill, a guided walking tour, and refreshments. Walking tours will depart every 15 minutes from noon until 4 p.m.

The home is located at 901 Harman Ave., Oakwood. Parking is available at the City Municipal Lot or along park Avenue.

Contact Ethan Charles at 937-502-4532.

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