Congressman Mike Turner’s (R-OH) legislation that will place Hawthorn Hill and the Wright Factory buildings in the Dayton area under the protection of the National Park Service today passed the House of Representatives. Congressman Turner’s legislation passed as part of an omnibus land package that had stalled in the Senate in the previous Congress. This legislation passed the Senate late last week and now heads to the President’s desk for his signature. Congressman Turner’s legislation is supported by descendents of the Wright Brothers. His bill has passed the House of Representatives in previous Congresses.
“This legislation will help our community preserve the spirit and story of the Wright Brothers,” Congressman Turner said. “Now that this legislation has passed both the House and Senate, I look forward to seeing it signed into law by the President. Once this happens, these historic sites will have the federal protection that the Wright Brothers and our community deserve.”
Hawthorn Hill was designed by Wilbur and Orville Wright and was the home of the Wright family until 1948. Adding the Oakwood residence to the National Park Service will ensure that this architectural landmark remains available for public appreciation.
The Wright Company Factory buildings in west Dayton are the first American facilities specifically designed and built for the manufacture of airplanes. The Wright Company operated at the site from 1910-1916 and produced 13 different models of airplanes.
In addition to including the two local landmarks as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, Congressman Turner’s legislation authorizes grants for local community organizations such as Dayton History to help with operating costs. Addition of these sites to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park is supported by the Wright family.