Congressman Michael Turner

Representing the 10th District of Ohio

Rep. Turner's Hawthorn Hill Legislation Moves Through Committee

Jun 4, 2008
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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park Mike Turner Amanda Wright Lane
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Rep. Turner’s Hawthorn Hill Legislation Moves through Committee

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael R. Turner (OH-03) will testify before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands about legislation he has sponsored that would add the Wright Factory Buildings and Hawthorn Hill to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park. The Subcommittee hearing will be held in room 1324 of the Longworth Building at 2:00 p.m. and, in addition to Congressman Turner, testimony will be heard from Amanda Wright Lane, who is the great-grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright.

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.

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 and mechanical national landmark remains available for public appreciation.

In addition to including the two local landmarks as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, Congressman Turner’s bill, H.R. 4191, 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.