Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Dayton, Ohio - Visitors to the former home of Orville Wright, known as Hawthorn Hill, may now receive a reminder of their visit - an official "passport stamp."
Orville Wright moved into Hawthorn Hill, which is located in Oakwood, Ohio, with his younger sister, Katharine and their father, Milton in 1914. Wilbur Wright helped design the house, but died in 1912 of typhoid fever at the age of 45. Orville lived in the mansion until his death in 1948 at the age of 76.
If you ask 11-year old Ariel Georgeff, pictured here, how many national park sites she has visited, she will tell you, "too many to count." Fortunately, Georgeff doesn't have to remember the number of sites because she has a National Park Service passport book that keeps track via ink stamps. Miss Georgeff received the new Hawthorn Hill stamp from Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of the Wright brothers, last week at Hawthorn Hill.
Amanda Wright Lane remarked, "The passport program in the National Park Service really gets kids involved and interested in their national parks. Every time they get a stamp, they look back and remember the experience."
A passport book may be purchased locally at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center at 16 South Williams Street and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, off Kauffman Avenue.
Dayton History coordinates tours to Hawthorn Hill, which are given twice a day at 10:00am and 12:30pm on Wednesday and Saturday. Only 10 people can be on the tour at a time and reservations must be made ahead of time by calling 937-293-2841.
For more information on the passport books or interpretive center hours, call Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park at 937-225-7705.