The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, in Ohio, celebrates the legacy of three talented men from Dayton—Wilbur and Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. These men are commemorated together because of their common origin in the town of Dayton.
Paul Dunbar was a talented writer who wrote over 400 pieces which included poems, plays, novels, short stories, and lyrics. At Dayton Aviation Heritage you can visit the Paul Laurence Dunbar House, a home he purchased for his mother in 1904 and where he wrote his last works.
The Wright Brothers ran bicycle companies and then found a passion for aviation. Come and visit the Wright Cycle Company, one of their bicycle stores and where they began to pursue their passion for aviation through research. Visit the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where they tested their airplanes and ultimately taught themselves to fly! Dayton Aviation National Historical Park also has the Wright Memorial which commemorates the brothers’ accomplishments.
If You Go
See the world’s first practical airplane—the 1905 Wright Flyer III, on exhibit at the Wright Brothers Aviation Center.