Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP consists of five sites that tell the stories of Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Our five sites offer you the opportunity to experience the historically refurnished Wright brothers' printing office, walk through an original Wright brothers' bicycle shop, see the Wright brothers' third airplane, follow Wilbur and Orville's footsteps at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, visit Hawthorn Hill (the Wrights' mansion), and experience Paul Laurence Dunbar's last home.
All of these sites are National Historic Landmarks or are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This Visitor Center provides the backdrop behind the development of Wilbur and Oroville Wright's first flight. There is a timeline including many familiar inventions from the late 19th Century such as the telephone and lightbulb. While my five and six year old weren't particularly interested in looking through all the inventions, i do think that they got the point that all these inventions built upon each other to create a huge change in the way that people lived.
Walking further through the exhibit there was a general store and a print shop that further explained more of the story of the Wright Brothers. The detail is impressive, and I found the background on the brothers' printing press really interesting.
There were just enough hands-on exhibits to engage my five and six year old a bit and get them asking questions about the Wright Brothers.