Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hawthorn Hill: Home to Orville Wright

For almost 35 years, Hawthorn Hill was the home of Orville Wright, the well known aviator. The mansion is in Oakwood, near Dayton, Ohio. Tours are available of this lovely home, through a partnership between Dayton History and the Wright Family Foundation. According to a brochure published in 2008, both Orville and Wilbur Wright were involved in the planning of Hawthorn Hill, but Wilbur died before the home was constructed. In 1914, Orville Wright moved to Hawthorn Hill, along with his sister Katherine and their father Bishop Milton Wright. When members of the Wright family lived here, well known visitors to their home included Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Alexander Graham Bell. After Orville Wright's death in 1948, Hawthorn Hill became a corporate guest house for NCR, the National Cash Register Corporation. Here is a view of the dining room at Hawthorn Hill.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Dayton, Ohio area, consider taking a tour of Hawthorn Hill. The tour guide shows vintage pictures of this lovely home, and provides interesting facts about Orville and Wilbur Wright and their extended family. Advance reservations are usually necessary, and can be made by contacting Carillon Historical Park, by phone at 937-293-2841, or by email at:

Carillon Historical Park is located on 65 acre site close to the Great Miami River, and adjacent to the University of Dayton.  Exhibits include historical buildings and exhibits related to the rich history of Dayton. At the park, you will learn in a very interesting manner, about Orville and Wilbur Wright's contributions to aviation, Dayton's role in the transportation industry, and the history of the National Cash Register Corporation, and so much more!


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