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The Wright Brothers: Historical Sites To Visit

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Wright Brothers painting at Wright Brothers Memorial North CarolinaA Wright Brothers replica planeThe Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wright Brothers painting at Wright Brothers Memorial North Carolina
Wright Brothers painting at Wright Brothers Memorial North Carolina | Source
A Wright Brothers replica plane
A Wright Brothers replica plane | Source
The Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers National Memorial | Source

Top Ohio and North Carolina Historical Sites Honoring The Wright Brothers

Ohio:

  • Aviation Trail, Inc. Visitor Center and Museum
  • Huffman Prairie Flying Field
  • Historic Waco Field
  • The Wright B Flyer
  • Orville Wright’s Home on Hawthorne Hill
  • Carillon Historical Park
  • Historic Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force
  • National Aviation Hall of Fame

North Carolina:

  • Wright Brother National Memorial

I have something in common with the Orville and Wilbur Wright. The three of us consider our home town Dayton, Ohio. The Wright Brothers are known for the first manned flight.

The first flight occurred in 1903 while they recorded a flight in 1905 that lasted nearly twenty-five miles. They continued to improve aviation and demonstrate their inventions to the world until Wilbur’s death on May 30, 1912 and Orville’s death in January 30, 1948.

Dayton has been recognized as the National Aviation Heritage Area and we Daytonians pride ourselves in our city’s history. The Aviation Heritage Trail highlights multiple locations in Dayton, Ohio, honoring achievements in aviation. When focusing on celebrating the achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the Wright Brother National Memorial in Kills Devil Hills, North Carolina must not be overlooked.

To admire the achievements of the Wright Brothers, consider visiting the multiple historical sites in Ohio and North Carolina.

Wright Brothers Historical Sites on Ohio's Aviation Heritage Trail

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A markerAviation Trail, Inc. Visitor Center & Museum -
16 S Williams St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA
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B markerHuffman Prairie Flying Field -
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433, USA
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C markerHistoric Waco Field -
Ohio Bicycle Route 25, Troy, OH 45373, USA
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D markerThe Wright B Flyer -
10550 Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, OH 45342, USA
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E markerHawthorn Hill -
901 Harman Ave, Oakwood, OH 45419, USA
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F markerCarillon Park -
1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, OH 45439, USA
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G markerHistoric Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum -
118 Woodland Ave, Dayton, OH 45409, USA
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H markerNational Museum of the United States Air Force and National Aviation Hall Of Fame -
1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45431, USA
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Carillon Historical Park and the National Air Force Museum

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The Carillon Bells at Carillon Park in Dayton, OhioThe children enjoying the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio
The Carillon Bells at Carillon Park in Dayton, Ohio
The Carillon Bells at Carillon Park in Dayton, Ohio | Source
The children enjoying the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio
The children enjoying the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio | Source

Two of Our Favorite Wright Brothers Sites in Ohio: Carillon Historical Park and the National Air Force Museum

Carillon Park is best known for the large carillon bells seen as you enter the park. This history rich park has twenty-five educational building including a display of the original Wright Flyer III famous for its 1905 flight.

My children also enjoy the National Air Force museum. The Early Years highlights the Wright Brothers, but our kids really enjoyed the unique artwork on the side of planes on display that flew in various wars. Additionally, the kids were able to sit inside a cockpit and go into a three story room filled with rockets and missiles. They were in awe.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial

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My family in front of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North CarolinaMy children and husband by a flight line marker at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North CarolinaOrville WrightWilbur WrightOur family outside the visitor center with the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the backgroundA plaque noting the location of the first successful flight of an airplane by the Wright Brothers in North Carolina
My family in front of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina
My family in front of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina | Source
My children and husband by a flight line marker at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina
My children and husband by a flight line marker at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina | Source
Orville Wright
Orville Wright | Source
Wilbur Wright
Wilbur Wright | Source
Our family outside the visitor center with the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the background
Our family outside the visitor center with the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the background | Source
A plaque noting the location of the first successful flight of an airplane by the Wright Brothers in North Carolina
A plaque noting the location of the first successful flight of an airplane by the Wright Brothers in North Carolina | Source

Four Must Sees at the Wright Brothers National Memorial at the Outer Banks, NC

  • The Flight Line denoting the first four flights and their distances.
  • The Wright Brothers Visitor Center with a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer and multiple other displays.
  • The Centennial Pavilion containing additional flight displays as well as a gift shop.
  • Living Quarters and Hangar displays how the Wright Brothers lived while testing their flyers at Kitty Hawk.

Our Favorite Wright Brothers Site in North Carolina: Wright Brothers National Memorial

Located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, the Wright Brothers National Memorial was unveiled in 1932 with Orville Wright in attendance.

Kitty Hawk is often noted as being the first in flight, but Kill Devil Hills is the incorporated city which can claim the exact location of the Wright Brother's flights.

Journey From Dayton, Ohio to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

The Wright Brothers were inventors that imagined man's ability to fly. They took two boats, two trains and an oxcart and headed for the Outer Banks to test their flier. Through trial and error, they achieved their goal of the first successful, powered, piloted flight.

I grew up off Wright Brothers Parkway in Dayton, Ohio. I attended Carillon Park for field trips as a child. My children enjoy the National Air Force Museum on a regular basis. We made our first trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina on the way to our summer vacation.

Seeing the Wright Brothers National Memorial was a must see for me as much as an educational opportunity for my children. As we stood in the path of the Wright Flyer of 1903, I could imagine two young men eager to see if their perseverance had finally paid off. I imagined their mixed emotions ranging from fear, anxiety, excitement and wonder.

I was born in a city two inventors called home and where years of brainstorming and trial and error occurred.

I stood in the path where their blood, sweat and tears became reality.

We took a moment to applaud their journey.

© 2012 Karen Lackey

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, kashmir! Growing up in Dayton, we enjoyed knowing that the Wright Brothers grew up where we did. I was probably more excited than the kids to see the Memorial in NC. Thanks for sharing, too!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very interesting and informative information on the Wright Brothers and historical sites to visit within this well written hub, well done ! Loved all the beautiful photos as well .

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