Heritage Day


Carousel of Dayton Innovation

Carousel of Dayton Innovation

The one of a kind, Ohio-built carousel is housed in the specially designed rotunda of the new Heritage Center. The carousel contains 31 figures and a 38 foot hand-painted mural illustrating the turn of events in the Wright brothers’ flying experiments. In addition, this mural is accompanied by 24 rounding board paintings, depicting a variety of regional innovations, events, and entrepreneurial ventures.

The Carousel of Dayton Innovation is open year-round, as is the Heritage Center and Carillon Historical Park, and will be available through the purchase of tokens or special membership packages. The carousel and rotunda features music recorded in the 1930s at the NCR Auditorium using the renowned Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Purchase a Dayton History Carousel Membership and receive FREE UNLIMITED CAROUSEL RIDES FOR ONE YEAR!

Band Organ Rally


Hours of Event

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018


$8 per adult (ages 18-59)
$7 per senior
$5 per child (3 –17)
FREE to Dayton History Members


1000 Carillon Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45409


FREE Parking Available at Carillon Park

For More Information

(937) 293-2841

Band Organ Rally

Calling all fans of mechanical music! We have a treat for you! The Mid-America Chapter of the Musical Box Society International (MBSI), in conjunction with the Carousel Organ Association of American (COAA) are holding their 43rd Annual Band Organ Rally this year at Carillon Historical Park on July 21 and 22. If you are like most people, you may now be wondering, “What is a band organ rally?”

A band organ rally is a gathering of several dozen antique and newly constructed self-playing mechanical pipe organs. Sizes range from small, hand-cranked street organs with 20 pipes about the size of a breadbox, to huge fairground organs from Germany and the Netherlands with several hundred pipes each.

Members of MBSI and COAA, the individuals most involved in the preservation of band organs, believe that the true enjoyment of owning such rare and special machines derives from being able to share the “happiest music on Earth” with others. Organ owners from numerous states will descend on Carillon Park to share their music with members of the general public and with you, our loyal Dayton History members!

Park Map


1. Deeds Carillon

a gift of founders Colonel Edward A. and Edith Walton Deeds, is a 151-foot tower with 57 bells. One of Dayton’s best-known landmarks, Deeds Carillon plays daily automated musical selections. The Park’s internationally acclaimed carillonneur also plays original concerts throughout the year.


is the first stop for all admissions and information. It houses exhibits, the Iams Education Room, administrative offices, and the Museum Store.


houses an NCR cash register room with 90 Dayton-made machines, the 4-D We Progress Through Change animatronic theater, the original Deeds Barn, dozens of exhibits featuring Dayton factories and companies, and the Carousel of Dayton Innovation, a full-scale, hand-carved carousel featuring one-of-a-kind characters such as Orville Wright’s dog, a Mike-sell’s potato chip bag and a Dayton soap box derby car.


is the final surviving remnant of the Watervliet Shaker community, which was located in eastern Montgomery and western Greene counties from 1806 until 1900. At its height, the utopian religious community was home to over 100 individuals. Research indicates that this building was used as a printing office for Richard McNemar, a leading Shaker author, but today it interprets the overall Dayton Shaker story.


served as a one-room schoolhouse at the corner of Possum and Bird Roads near Springfield, Ohio. Students obtained drinking water from pumps like the one located outside the school.


built by Robert Edgar for Colonel George Newcom, is the oldest building in Dayton. The hand-hewn log house originally stood at Main Street and Water Street (now Monument Avenue). Outside the Tavern stands a sundial originally located in Van Cleve Park and dedicated for Dayton’s Centennial celebration in 1896. The well is representative of the wells used by early settlers to obtain drinking water. Early histories state that Col. Newcom, as sheriff, would sometimes incarcerate prisoners in a dry well.


picnic shelter was a gift from Lee and Betsy Whitney in 2003.


was built of locally quarried limestone. This house originally was divided into three rooms and contained three fireplaces. The hitching post in front of the house was used to tie up horses that pulled wagons and carriages. The carriage step was used to climb aboard high carriages. Both items are made of limestone. The hitching post was originally located on the Volkenand Farm in the Walnut Hills area of Dayton, however the original location of the carriage step is unknown.


served as a temporary home for early Van Buren Township resident, Peter Hetzel, and his family while their permanent home was being constructed. The building then served as a summer kitchen for many years.

10. NEWCOM HOUSE (c. 1841)

built in the Greek Revival style, was constructed on land owned by Dayton settler George Newcom. Although there is no record of any Newcom family members ever living in the building, the house interprets Dayton life in the 1840s.


is a replica of Col. Edward A. Deeds’ barn, which was located behind his home at 319 Central Avenue in Dayton and served as the site for Charles Kettering and “The Barn Gang’s” invention of the electric self-starter for the automobile. The original Deeds Barn is a centerpiece of the Park’s Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship.



was formerly located on the grounds of The National Cash Register Company’s Sugar Camp training facility. This cabin was one of 60 used to house U.S. Navy WAVES as they worked on a classified code-breaking project during


houses the Corliss Engine that provided both electrical power and steam heat for the National Cash Register Company from 1902 to 1948.


is a 1930s era working printing office with period equipment. It interprets an era when Dayton was home to 77 printing companies.

16. SUN OIL STATION (1924)

was formerly located at the intersection of Brown and Warren Streets in Dayton. The pumps in front of the station feature clear glass cylinders, which attendants filled with gasoline from an underground tank and then let them drain into customers’ cars. The Joyce-Cridland Automobile Lift was manufactured in Dayton by the Joyce-Cridland Company.


is a representative auto sales building, housing early Dayton-made automobiles. Among them are a 1908 Stoddard-Dayton, 1910 Speedwell and a 1910 Courier.


houses stories and artifacts about Dayton’s worst natural disaster, including the National Cash Register locomotive, “Rubicon,” which operated as a switch engine at the factory from 1909-1961.


is dedicated to 40-year Park employee, Lloyd Miller.


was originally located in Bowling Green, Ohio, and served as many as 14 freight and passenger trains daily. It contains furniture and equipment from Ohio railway stations of the period.

21. WATCHTOWER (1907)

served Dayton as a railroad watchtower from 1907 to 1976 on the corner of West Fifth Street and Broadway. An attendant manually operated railroad crossing gates from inside the tower.


operates scale trains on scheduled Saturdays and during special events.


is 35 feet tall with a 15-foot tall spire on top. It was originally located on the Callahan Building, later known as the Gem City Savings Building, at Third and Main Streets in downtown Dayton. From 1978 until 2006, it was located on the Reynolds and Reynolds Building near the intersection of Interstate 75 and U.S. Route 35.


houses the Park’s collection of rare and antique bicycles with a special emphasis on the Miami Valley’s role in bicycle evolution


houses most of the Park’s historic public transportation collection: the 1835 John Quincy Adams, 1903 Summer Trolley, 1904 Kuhlman Interurban, 1923 B & O Caboose, 1903 Barney and Smith Railroad Car, 1949 Marmon-Herrington Trolley Bus and RTA Supervisor’s Booth.


once spanned Tom’s Run on Gratis Road near Farmersville, Ohio. David Morrison, founder of the Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, built it.


is located in the original canal bed dug between 1825 and 1829 which runs through the Park. The lock, circa 1833, was first located six miles north of Dayton. While the stones are original, the gates are reproductions.


was built by Robert W. Smith and spanned Little Sugar Creek on Feedwire Road in Greene County.


was used for collecting fees for canal use and was located between Second and Third Streets in downtown Dayton.


including Wright Hall and the Wright Cycle Company building, tells the story of the Wright brothers and showcases their original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane and a National Historical Landmark. The center is one of the sites of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.


is representative of a gristmill and has an operating grindstone and grinding mechanism. It also serves as a residence for a Park caretaker.


allows the young and young at heart to travel down a tube slide that’s 180 feet long and try their hands at working in a simulated archaeological dig site.


dedicated in 2003, pays tribute to nationally recognized conservator Marie Sturwold Aull (1897-2002) who founded Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm north of Dayton in 1957.


shares stories about the history of the land that is today Carillon Historical Park, including its geological history, its use by the prehistoric Hopewell people, and it being the location of a segment of the Miami and Erie Canal.


serves as both the gateway to the Park’s History on the Hill trail system and as an outdoor programming area for educational workshops.


was originally constructed on NCR founder John H. Patterson’s estate, The Far Hills, in Oakwood, Ohio. Patterson, a frequent visitor to upstate New York, was particularly fond of Adirondack architecture. He used this shelter as the prototype for many similar structures he later built in Hills and Dales Park, a beautiful green space he gifted to the people of Dayton in 1907.



reminiscent of Culp’s Cafeteria located in downtown Dayton in the 1930s and 1940s, serves soups, sandwiches, ice cream and sodas.


a fully operational 1850s style brewery, enjoy the sites, sounds, and smells of the brewing process as our Brewster and her assistant demonstrate mid-19th century brewing methods.

Home School Days

Home School Days

Held in April and September, Home School Day is a wonderful way for home-schooled students to enjoy hands-on educational activities and programs. With a 4-D animatronic theatre, 30 exhibit buildings, costumed historical interpreters, object theatre presentations at the Wright Brothers Aviation Center, carousel rides, and more, Home School Day is fun for the whole family!

$3 per Child | $5 per Adult | Free to Dayton History Members

Reservations are not required. Please contact the Education Scheduling Desk at (937) 293-2841 Ext. 127 or education1@daytonhistory.org for more information.

2018 Home School Days

April 10 & September 4

View our Calendar of Events!

A Carillon Christmas

A Carillon Christmas

A Carillon Christmas

Days Until Christmas


Event Details
November 28 – December 30, 2018*

Daily, 5:00pm – 10:00pm at
Carillon Historical Park

Midnight Express Train Rides cancelled 12/29 & 12/30
due to low temperatures

* Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

$8 per adult (ages 18-59)
$7 per senior (ages 60+)
$5 per child (ages 3-17)
Free to children under 3
FREE to Dayton History Members!

Dayton’s newest holiday tradition!

Join us for A Carillon Christmas to see Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic, and holiday cheer!


The Carillon Tree of Light
Santa’s Toy Shop
The Carillon Carolers
Candy Cane Slopes
Letters to Santa
Deeds Carillon Christmas Concerts
Huffy Bike Raffle
Culp’s Christmas Café
Train Rides on the Midnight Express
Roundhouse Café in the Transportation Center
The Tailor of Gloucester Puppet Show
Carillon Card Co. in the 1930s Print Shop
Model Train Displays
Museum Store Shopping
15 miles of Christmas Lights
Main Street Wagon Rides
Morris and Hetzel Bakery
Gristmill Christmas Village
Carillon Brewing Co.

… and more!

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

The Carillon Tree of Light

The Carillon Tree of Light

Wednesday, November 29, 6:00pm

A Carillon Christmas will begin on November 29th with the illumination of the Carillon Tree of Light, Ohio’s tallest tree of light. Join us as this remarkable light display dazzles the Dayton skyline for its third year. The lighting will kick off a month of holiday festivities at Carillon Historical Park!

The Carillon Tree of Light stands at 200 feet, affixed to the top of 151 foot tall Deeds Carillon that was dedicated in 1942 by Col. Edward A. and Mrs. Edith Walton Deeds as a gift to the Dayton community. The first concert played on the Carillon took place on Christmas Eve, 1941, just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Tree consists of over 20,000 light bulbs on nearly 100 separate strands that come to life each night at dusk and blaze through until dawn for the entire month of December. The Tree of Light was made possible with the support of Connie and John Taylor.

Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

These festive holiday activities will all be available during A Carillon Christmas, November 29th through December 30th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, unless otherwise noted. We hope you will join us for an evening of holiday fun!

Included Activities
Photos with Santa Claus (6pm-9pm), through 12/23

Historic Hearth Cooking Demonstrations

Puppet Shows, 5:30pm & 6:30pm

Victorian Carolers

Print Shop Demonstrations

Letters to Santa

Model Train Display

Additional Activities
The Midnight Express Train Ride (6pm-9pm),
weather permitting – $1/per person

Main Street Wagon Ride (6pm-9pm),
weather permitting – $1/per person

Carousel of Dayton Innovation Ride – $1/per person

Upgrade your Family or Grandparent Membership to the Carousel level for just $25! Includes FREE Carousel Rides for the whole family all year!

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Specialty Christmas concessions are available daily at different locations throughout Carillon Park during A Carillon Christmas, November 29th through December 30th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Of course, the Carillon Brewing Co. is serving food every day from 11:00am to 9:00pm all year long!

Culp's Christmas Café

Culp’s Christmas Café

Enjoy Soft Pretzels, Peppermint Swirls, Hot Dogs, Hard Cider, Beer & More! Counter service and outdoor seating available!

Transportation Center

Transportation Center

Fresh Popcorn, Hot Cocoa, & More! Grab a snack and drink to take with you as you walk through the park.

Morris House

Morris House

Gingerbread Cookies, Hot Cider, & Hot Fresh Chestnuts! All prepared before your eyes using historic cooking techniques!

Carillon Brewing Co.

Carillon Brewing Co.

Looking for a full-service dinner? Visit the Carillon Brewing Co., located right outside the main entrance to Carillon Historical Park. To learn more about our house brewed beers and to see our full menu, please visit www.carillonbrewingco.org.

Tips and FAQs

Tips and FAQs

What should I wear?

Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre campus with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Keep an eye on the weather to plan your wardrobe!

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

During A Carillon Christmas, carry-in coolers, food items, or drinks are not permitted. We will have a variety of holiday treats available at our vending stations or you can dine at the Carillon Brewing Co.!

Can I come to the Park before 5:00pm?

Yes! Carillon Historical Park will remain open for our regular day-time hours beginning at 9:30am Monday through Saturday and 12:00pm on Sunday. You are welcome to enjoy the whole day at the Park, including A Carillon Christmas, until 10pm. You will not need to leave and re-enter the park due to A Carillon Christmas.

Admission prices for A Carillon Christmas are the same as our regular admission.

Where can I park? How much does it cost?

FREE parking is available on the Carillon Historical Park campus.

When do lights and holiday programming start?

All A Carillon Christmas programming will begin at 5:00pm, excluding November 30 when it will begin following the 5:30pm illumination of the Carillon Tree of Light.

Which night(s) have the most activities?

All programs will remain consistent throughout the entire month. You will be able to participate in the same holiday activities every day of the week.

Do you take credit and debit cards?

Several of our food and activity locations require cash. There is an ATM located in the lobby of the Kettering Family Education Center, but it is advised that you bring some cash for food and activity purchases. We do accept credit/debit cards in the Museum Store for the purchase of admissions, memberships, and all store merchandise, and at Culp’s Christmas Café for food purchases

The History of Dayton History


Educational & Musical Arts Inc. was created by Edith Deeds and Colonel Deeds to build Deeds Carillon.



Construction of Deeds Carillon was completed during a two-year period. Edith Walton Deeds oversaw the entire project from start-to-finish. At the time of completion, Deeds Carillon was one of only six free-standing carillon towers in the United States. It originally consisted of a 151.5 foot tower and 32 bells (23 active, 9 silent).

On Easter Sunday, April 5, an Easter Sunrise Service was held at Deeds Carillon, a tradition that continues today. The official dedication and first regularly-scheduled concert were held on August 23. Robert Kline, Educational Director for The National Cash Register Company, served as carillonneur from 1942 – 1986.



On June 3, Carillon Park’s museum exhibits opened to the general public for the first time. The Park was developed by the Miami Conservancy District, with assistance from the National Cash Register Company, the City of Dayton, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Initial exhibits included:

  • Wright Hall—housing the 1905 Wright Flyer III
  • Wagon Shed—housing the 1834 Conestoga wagon and 1870 Concord stagecoach
  • Grist Mill with working waterwheel
  • South Station—housing the 1835 John Quincy Adams locomotive
  • Smith Covered Bridge
  • Miami and Erie Canal Lock #17
  • Corliss Engine Building
  • Deeds Barn replica



The Fireless Locomotive Building, housing the Rubicon locomotive, was dedicated.



In 1964, Newcom Tavern—Dayton’s oldest standing building—was disassembled at Van Cleve Park in downtown Dayton, moved to Carillon Park, and dedicated on May 1, 1965. Central to community life, the tavern also served as Dayton’s first jail, church, general store, and Montgomery County’s first courthouse.



In 1936, Orville Wright helped Henry Ford move the Wright brothers’ boyhood home (7 Hawthorn St.), and the bicycle shop where they conducted their aeronautical research (1127 W. Third St.), to Ford’s Greenfield Village museum in Dearborn, Michigan. During the 1960s, local politicians sought to have the famous buildings returned to Dayton, but the campaign lost momentum. The publicity, however, brought renewed interest in the Wright Brothers story, and a replica of The Wright Cycle Company was constructed next to Wright Hall. On May 6, its dedication became a major community event.



On May 1, through the efforts of graduate Leslie C. Mapp, the 1896 Locust Grove Schoolhouse No. 12 was dedicated at Carillon Park. Mr. Mapp, Chairman and CEO of Dayton’s Mikesells Potato Chip Company from 1966-2005, believed that future generations would benefit from the preservation of this link to the past. Over 40 years later, tens of thousands of students have enjoyed unique educational experiences in the building.



On April 29, the B&O Caboose, Bowling Green Station, and Watchtower were dedicated at Carillon Park.



On April 29, the canal superintendent’s office was dedicated at Carillon Park.



The name of the organization was changed to Carillon Historical Park and the Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society began operations.



The original bells and celestron were removed from Deeds Carillon—new bells were manufactured by Petit & Fritsen Royal Bellfoundry in The Netherlands. On October 23, a dedication recital was held to celebrate the occasion.



The 1905 Wright Flyer III was designated a National Historic Landmark—the first airplane to receive such a distinction.



On October 16, the Dayton Aviation Heritage Preservation Act, establishing Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. The 1905 Wright Flyer III was named as one of the legislated units of the new national park.



On May 19, a grant was awarded for the conservation of the Wright Flyer III. On August 1, the Kettering Family Education Center opened to the public.



On September 30, the James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center was dedicated at Carillon Park.



On May 5, Culp’s Café opened, marking the first time food was regularly served at Carillon Park. Reminiscent of Culp’s Cafeteria—a longtime, family-owned Dayton Arcade establishment—the Culp family generously aided in the restaurant’s construction.



On June 22, the John W. Berry Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center was dedicated. The Center created a single complex of four buildings: Wright Hall, the Wright Cycle Company replica, and the new Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright wings. This Aviation Center has more Wright artifacts on display than any place in the world.



On February 20, the 1905 Wright Flyer III was designated an Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. During the 100th anniversary of flight, the Wright brothers’ story was told from July 4 – 20 through Carillon Park’s production of Time Flies: Catch It In The Act—a living history experience held at all Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites



On April 7, the Sugar Camp/WAVES cabin (ca. 1934) was relocated from NCR’s Sugar Camp training facility, marking the first time since the 1980s that an historic structure was moved to Carillon Park. Over 60 of these cabins once stood at Sugar Camp; they were originally used as seasonal quarters for salesmen-in-training. During World War II, over 600 women—known as the U.S. Navy WAVES—occupied the cabins to work on the top-secret Dayton Codebreaking Project, an effort aimed at cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma Code. Fittingly, the building was dedicated on June 6—Operation Overlord’s 60th anniversary (the D-Day invasion of western Europe).



On July 27, in recognition of its architectural and cultural significance, Deeds Carillon was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Viewed as one of the largest intact corporate collections in the United States, the majority of the NCR Archive contains tremendous regional stories. A long-term management, research, and exhibition agreement was reached between NCR and Carillon Historical Park.



With the ownership transfer of Orville Wright’s Hawthorn Hill from NCR to the Wright Family Foundation, Dayton History was available to provide interpretive and artifact oversight. In 2013, Hawthorn Hill was officially gifted to Dayton History, along with many original furnishings.

Following the retirement of Kettering-Moraine Museum Director Melba Hunt, Dayton History approached the cities of Kettering and Moraine to safeguard the Kettering-Moraine Museum’s artifacts. With the support from both cities and others, the museum was gifted and moved to Carillon Historical Park.



As site manager, Carillon Historical Park was approached to help secure and expand operations at the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial. This is done in close partnership with the National Park Service and the newly rebranded Ohio History Connection.

NCR Old River Park, Carillon’s sister park across Patterson Boulevard, was reopened by Dayton History. With the assistance of NCR, Old River Park was cleaned, equipped with new boats, and opened to the general public for the first time. In 2011, Old River was sold to the University of Dayton, thus terminating operations.



In order to consolidate some of the eclectic stories and artifacts throughout Dayton History’s collections, the Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship was constructed. The region’s business and invention narratives are shared daily through animatronics, archival film footage, and the Carousel of Dayton Innovation.

Following an impressive renovation by Montgomery County, Dayton’s Old Court House (ca. 1850) was in need of a steward to provide preservation and programming services. Dayton History was contracted to deliver cost efficient professional oversight.

Montgomery County asked Dayton History to step in and leverage its strengths to provide preservation and programming services at Memorial Hall. Public access was restored immediately and a series of special programs occur annually.



A previously inaccessible 20-acre experience was born at Carillon Park. History on the Hill is the establishment of wooded walking trails weaving through Carillon’s own property history. Regional geology, agriculture, medical care, gardens, and native plants and peoples are all explored.



Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great 1913 Flood, regional artifacts were pulled together at Carillon Park to create the region’s authoritative exhibition regarding the flood, rescue, restoration, and protection. The community’s flood collections were centralized to create this permanent tribute.



Carillon Historical Park makes history by becoming the nation’s first museum to open a fully operational historic production brewery. Carillon Brewing Co. is an award-winning costumed interpretive experience, historic food ways demonstration space, and a full-service restaurant all in one.



With an established track record of managing museums, and mutual interest in aviation heritage, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) engaged Dayton History to take over the NAHF Learning Center’s daily operations.

The ownership of Patterson Homestead was transferred to Carillon Historical Park.


Carillon Historical Park & Dayton History Additions by Decade:



Deeds Carillon



William Morris House, Deeds Barn, Corliss Engine building, Miami-Erie Canal Lock, Smith Covered Bridge, Wright Hall, Wagon Shed, Grist Mill



Newcom Tavern, Fireless Locomotive building



The Wright Cycle Company building, Locust Grove Schoolhouse, Bowling Green Depot, Watchtower, Canal Superintendent’s Office



The Print Shop, Dayton Sales, Sunoco Station, H.K. Porter Locomotive, Morrison Iron Bridge, CPR&SS Tracks



Kettering Family Education Center



Dicke Family Transportation Center, Culp’s Café, Picnic Pavilion, Sugar Camp/WAVES Cabin, Dayton Cyclery, Wilbur Wright Wing, Orville Wright Wing, Marie Aull Sculpture, Oasis Restroom building, NCR Collection, Hawthorn Hill, Kettering-Moraine Museum, NCR Old River Park, Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site.



Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship, The Old Court House, Memorial Hall, History on the Hill, The Great 1913 Flood Exhibit, Carillon Brewing Company, the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center, and ownership of Patterson Homestead.

Parking & Accessibility

Parking & Accessibility

• Parking at Carillon Historical Park is typically free.  There may be a parking fee required during special events.

• Due to the historic nature of some of the buildings at Carillon Historical Park, wheelchair access may not be available in some instances.

• The Carousel of Dayton Innovation is wheelchair accessible and located inside the Kettering Family Education Center.

• Manual wheelchairs are offered for use on-site, free of charge, based on availability.

• The Park offers the use of a seven passenger golf cart on-site, free of charge.  Two week advance reservation is required.  To reserve the use of the golf cart, please contact the Education Scheduling desk at 937-293-2841 ext. 127 or education1@daytonhistory.org.

About Us

Our Mission

Carillon Historical Park is Montgomery County’s official historical organization. Our mission is to bring the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting, and promoting the region’s past.

About Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park celebrates how Dayton, Ohio, changed the world. The Gem City is home to the airplane, the automobile self-starter, the cash register, the first internationally-acclaimed African-American poet, the National Football League’s inaugural game, and so much more. By the turn of the century, Dayton had more patents, per capita, than any U.S. city, and one-sixth of the nation’s corporate executives had spent a portion of their career at legendary Dayton company National Cash Register (NCR). 

Dayton’s extraordinary history has undoubtedly impacted billions of lives. With a hand-carved carousel, 4-D theatre, trains, slides, living history experiences, thousands of artifacts, extensive educational programming, and so much more, Carillon Historical Park brings Dayton’s past to life in a way that is fun for the whole family!

Originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the famed landscape architects responsible for Central Park and numerous other renowned sites, Carillon Historical Park’s beautiful 65-acre campus features many one-of-a-kind aspects. Here are some highlights:

  • At 151-feet, with 57 bells, the limestone Deeds Carillon—the Park’s namesake—was designed by Reinhard & Hofmeister, the same architectural firm responsible for Rockefeller Center. It is Ohio’s largest carillon and one of the largest carillons in the nation.
  • The John W. Berry Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center has more Wright artifacts on display than any place in the world, including the 1905 Wright Flyer III—the only airplane designated a National Historic Landmark, the world’s first practical flying machine, and what the Wright brothers considered their most important aircraft.
  • Carillon Brewing Co. offers visitors a glimpse into 1850s-era Dayton through the authentically prepared food and drink of the times. It is the nation’s only production brewery in a museum.
  • Housed in the Heritage Center of Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship is the beautiful, hand-carved Carousel of Dayton Innovation, an extensive collection of antique NCR cash registers, a 4-D animatronic theatre, and the original Deeds Barn—the storied building where Charles Kettering and the Barn Gang built the automobile self-starter, changing transportation as we know it.
  • The James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center displays the 1835 B&O #1, John Quincy Adams: the oldest existing American-built locomotive; the gorgeous and opulent 1903 Detroit & Mackinac Passenger Car #100 (built by Dayton company Barney & Smith); an 1843 Conestoga wagon, a 1904 interurban, a 1923 B&O caboose, and many fascinating transportation artifacts.
  • Our Great 1913 Flood exhibit tells the story of Ohio’s worst natural disaster and the remarkable story of Dayton’s recovery.
  • Carillon Park is home to over 30 historic structures and cares for over three million artifacts.

About Dayton History

In 2005, Carillon Historical Park merged with the Montgomery County Historical Society to create a new umbrella organization known as Dayton History. The private non-profit (501c3) organization was established to preserve, share, and celebrate our region’s history. Carillon Historical Park is home to over 30 historic structures and cares for over three million artifacts. In addition to the Park, the following sites rest under Dayton History’s care:

  • Carillon Brewing Company: The nation’s only production brewery in a museum. Est. 2014.
  • Hawthorn Hill: Orville Wright’s success mansion. Join the ranks of Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison as visitors to the first pilot’s last home. Est. 1914.
  • The Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site: Home of the first internationally-acclaimed African-American poet. Est. 1903.
  • Patterson Homestead: Former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, Kentucky founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson. Est. 1816.
  • The Old Court House: One of the nation’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture, Abraham Lincoln and seven other U.S. Presidents have campaigned here. Est. 1850.
  • Memorial Hall: Memorial Hall was conceived as a tribute to local Civil and Spanish-American War veterans. It now functions as Montgomery County’s memorial to area veterans serving in all conflicts. Est. 1910.
  • The Archive Center: Housing millions of the Dayton region’s artifacts. Once managed solely by the Montgomery County Historical Society (est. 1896), the collection at the Archive Center is well over 100-years-old.

Become A Member

Membership Opportunities

With your support, Dayton History can continue to grow and change and better serve the Dayton community—creating year-round experiences that are fun and educational for the whole family.

When you become a member, you make a commitment to support Dayton History in its mission to bring the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future. Memberships are year-long, and they make a fantastic gift.

Purchase Your Membership Today!

Do you know… A Family Membership pays for itself in less than two visits!

General Benefits

Members enjoy these great benefits for one year from the date of purchase

Unlimited FREE Admission to:

  • Carillon Historical Park
  • Patterson Homestead
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar House
  • Carillon Park Rail Festival
  • Dayton Concours d’Elegance

Discounts for Dining & Shopping:

  • 10% discount at Culp’s Café
  • 10% discount on Food and Merchandise at the Carillon Brewing Co.
  • 10% discount in the Museum Store ($10 minimum purchase)

Photo Archive & Research Discounts:

  • Receive discounts on research fees and purchasing photos from our digital archive

Discounted Tours:

  • Hawthorn Hill, Orville Wright’s home

Discounted pricing for special events & programs:

  • Tavern Dinners
  • Old Case Files
  • Victorian Afternoon Teas
  • Settler Survival Summer Camp
  • Flight by Night Overnight Program
  • Ringing in the Holidays
  • Concours d’Elegance Preview Party

Additional Perks for Members:

  • Invitation to our annual member meeting and other members-only programs
  • Subscription to “Heritage” quarterly publication
  • Members only E-blast including monthly special offers and coupons

Individual $40
General Benefits for one named adult
Family Membership $50
General benefits for two named adults and children age 17 and under
Grandparent $50
General benefits for two named adults and grandchildren age 17 and under
Brewery Membership $75
General benefits, free pint upgrades and brewery member event invitation for two named adults and children/grandchildren age 17 and under
Carousel Membership $75 (A Family Favorite)
General benefits and free carousel rides for two named adults and children/grandchildren age 17 and under
Supporting Membership $100 (for Carousel & Brewery Benefits)
Brewery level benefits and free carousel rides for two named adults and children/grandchildren age 17 and under plus 2 free admission passes
Sponsor Membership $250
Brewery level benefits and free carousel rides for two named adults and children/grandchildren age 17 and under plus 4 free admission passes
Patron Membership $500
Brewery level benefits and free carousel rides for two named adults and children/grandchildren age 17 and under plus 6 free admission passes