Congressman Mike Turner today attended the White House ceremony where he witnessed President Barack Obama sign into law legislation authored by Turner to include Hawthorn Hill and the Wright Factory buildings under the protection of the National Park Service.Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio-3) today attended the White House ceremony where he witnessed President Barack Obama sign into law legislation authored by Turner to include Hawthorn Hill and the Wright Factory buildings under the protection of the National Park Service. Congressman Turner’s legislation was part of an omnibus land package that was stalled in the Senate in the previous session of Congress and received final Congressional passage last week. Amanda Wright Lane, the Wright Brothers’ great grandniece, joined Congressman Turner for the ceremony held in the White House East Room.
“Adding Hawthorn Hill and the Wright Factory buildings to the Dayton Aviation National Heritage Historic Park is a significant milestone for the community,” Congressman Turner said. “These historic landmarks will be protected by the National Park Service for the enjoyment of residents and visitors for years to come.”
“I thank Congressman Turner for his hard work to preserve Dayton’s aviation heritage,” said Amanda Wright Lane, the Wright Brothers’ great-grandniece. “His advocacy in pressing this legislation will make certain the historic achievements of my great-granduncles will forever live in the Dayton community.”
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.