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Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre open-air history museum
that serves as the main campus for Dayton History.
We share the amazing stories of how Dayton changed the world!

Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

1000 Carillon Boulevard
Dayton, Ohio 45409

Closed For Maintenance

CLOSED for Maintenance! Tuesday, October 25th

Carillon Historical Park, including the museum exhibits, the Carillon Brewing Company, and the Museum Store, will be closed Tuesday, October 25th, while planned site maintenance work occurs. The campus will re-open on Wednesday, October 26th with regular hours and admission prices in effect.

Regular Carillon Historical Park Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The Wright Family Donates Remaining Wing Fabric from the Original 1903 Wright Flyer to Carillon Historical Park


On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright made the first successful flight on the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. He and his brother, Wilbur, made three more historic flights that day. Now, 118 years later, some of the last remaining wing coverings from that original Wright Flyer are being gifted to Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio.

The Wright brothers covered their flying machine’s wings with “Pride of the West” muslin purchased at the Rike Dry Goods Company in downtown Dayton. Amanda Wright-Lane and Stephen Wright, the Wright brothers’ great-grandniece and nephew, have donated to Carillon Park the family’s largest five-foot-wide sections of the muslin that covered the lower left wing of the 1903 Wright Flyer.

After the 1903 flight, the Wright brothers stored the airplane in a shed behind their 7 Hawthorn Street home. In 1926, before he sent the airplane to England for display at the British Science Museum, Orville put new muslin on the plane and put the original muslin in storage. After his death in 1948, the original muslin was given to members of the Wright family.

Amanda said, “uncles Wilbur and Orville Wright would be pleased to know that part of their 1903 Wright Flyer, the machine that launched the Space Age, is going to be preserved for future generations by a museum of Carillon Park’s stature!”

Brady Kress, Carillon Park’s President, remarked, “The fabric represents a tangible connection with one of the most spectacular achievements in human history. Our museum’s founder, Edward A. Deeds, worked closely with his friend Orville Wright to establish at Carillon Park what is now the Wright Brothers National Museum. Carillon Park’s collection contains more three-dimensional Wright family artifacts than any other institution in the world, and displays much of it in its Wright Brothers National Museum complex at Carillon Park. We are thrilled to add the 1903 muslin to this collection!”

Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park is part of Dayton History, a private non-profit organization established to preserve, share, and celebrate our region’s history. The Park’s 65-acre campus is home to over 30 historic structures and cares for over three million artifacts. In addition to Carillon Historical Park, the following sites rest under Dayton History’s care: Carillon Brewing Co., Hawthorn Hill, Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, the Mound Cold War Discovery Center, Memorial Hall, and the Archive Center.

Carillon Historical Park has partnered with NASA to help make history on the surface of Mars

Carillon Historical Park has partnered with NASA to help make history on the surface of Mars

Carillon Historical Park is home to the Wright Brothers National Museum and the world’s largest repository of three-dimensional Wright Family artifacts. While the organization has partnered with NASA over the years, for this special mission they have provided a piece of Wright brothers’ history to take part in the first heavier-than-air flight on the planet Mars. Stowed aboard Ingenuity, a small helicopter on the Martian surface, is a small fragment of the Wright brothers’ 1903 Kitty Hawk Flyer wing covering provided by Carillon Historical Park.

Carillon Historical Park is delighted to play a small part in this momentous occasion,” said Brady Kress, President of Carillon Historical Park. “Our mission includes ‘inspiring the world.’ We hope this partnership with NASA helps do just that – inspiring our world by reaching beyond it.”

In 1903, Wilbur and Orville made the first controlled, sustained flight on Earth of a powered, heavier-than-air, piloted machine. Soon, Ingenuity will be the first heavier-than-air aircraft to make the first powered, controlled, and sustained flight on another world.

In 2019, NASA contacted Dayton History to explore a way the Wright brothers could be a part of the first flight on another planet. They needed

something that really would not add any weight to the helicopter, which needed to weigh less than four pounds. The fabric was the best choice. Carillon Historical Park and the Wright family are proud to be a partner with NASA for this historic event.

Amanda Wright Lane and Stephen Wright, Wilbur and Orville’s great grand-niece and nephew, spoke for the Wright brothers, “Wilbur and Orville Wright would be pleased to know that a little piece of their 1903 Wright Flyer I, the machine that launched the Space Age by flying barely one quarter of a mile, is going to soar into history again on Mars! The NASA Mars Perseverance Team has found a way to coax another 330 million miles out of the original Pride of the West fabric that Wilbur and Orville thought they retired from their Flyers broken wings on December 17, 1903. We offer our sincere thanks to everyone at NASA for acknowledging and honoring the Wright Brothers pioneering flight 118 years ago. Perseverance and ingenuity are traits often associated with the Wright’s ultimate success. Now, two brilliant machines appropriately named Perseverance and Ingenuity promise to be the keys for the success of this Mars mission. The Perseverance Mission Team has pushed the boundary of the Wrights achievement propelling humanity toward a future two self-taught engineers from Dayton, Ohio could scarcely imagine. This is truly a milestone for science and engineering that the Wright Brothers would be proud to be a part of. Well done to all!”

In 1969, the Wright family gave Neil Armstrong a piece of the 1903 flyer fabric to take with him to the Moon. In 1998, Carillon Park and the family gave John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, a piece of the fabric to take with him on his flight in the Space Shuttle.

NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight