April 16, 1867 - Birthday of Wilbur Wright

Aviation Trail salutes Wilbur Wright:

Wilbur Wright was born to Milton and Susan Wright April 16, 1867, in a three-room house near Millville, Ind., eight miles east of New Castle, Ind. Wilbur was the Wrights' third son and was named for Wilbur Fiske, a clergyman admired by Milton.

It was Wilbur's observations of birds in flight that inspired his concept of wing warping, and his letter to Octave Chanute that helped propel the brothers on their historic venture. (See this Library of Congress story: ).

Although Wilbur's birthplace is commemorated by the Wilbur Wright Birthplace Museum in Hagerstown, Indiana, you can now visit his final resting place at Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio (Site #8 on the Aviation Trail) where he lies next to his brother Orville.


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours and for a map.


From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


Aviation Trail, Inc.

- In Partnership with the National Park Service


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