COVID-19 Closure Updates
Status of Aviation Trail sites regarding visitors during the COVID-19 precautions:
This list was first compiled on March 16, 2020 and has been updated daily through April 1. Status is subject to change on a day-to-day basis. Before traveling to a site on the Aviation Trail, please verify that site’s status by calling the number shown in the site’s listing on the TRAIL SITES page on this website, and by checking the site’s own website or calling them. For sites that are open, refer to their individual websites for days and hours.
Site #’s 3a, and 3c: Wright Brothers Memorial, and Huffman Prairie Flying Field - The exterior green spaces are still open to the public and will remain accessible. Huffman Prairie FLYING FIELD will remain OPEN to the public.
(Site #3b, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center building is closed, see below)
*Site # 8: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum - grounds are open, but all events and tours are cancelled (see below, under the CLOSED category) - This latest update from Woodland as of April 1: "You can still visit the cemetery as long as you practice social distancing. If you are interested, you can take one of our online tours by DOWNLOADING THE APP to your phone or by taking a VIRTUAL TOUR from the comfort of your home."
"Grounds remain open to the public between 8 AM and 7 PM each day. The Cemetery is a much needed green-space, offering a place of retreat and reflection, and we do hope that you will continue to feel comfort in our landscape in this time of uncertainty. Administrative Offices will remain opened but our public restrooms will be closed until the spread of the virus is contained. In order to provide safety to the visitors of our Mausoleum, we will be locking the building during the week. If you wish to visit your loved one, we ask that you notify the office at 937.228.3221, so that we can unlock the door for you. The Mausoleum will not be open Saturday and Sundays".
Site #’s 1a, 1b, and 1c: Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center, Aviation Trail Parachute Museum and the Wright Cycle Company. They will remained closed until further notice. See the NPS statement here: https://www.nps.gov/daav/index.htm
Site # 2: Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site
Site # 3b, Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center
Site #’s 4, and 7: Carillon Historical Park, Wright Brothers National Museum, and Hawthorn Hill (all operated by Dayton History) - Update of March 19, 2020 - This message from Dayton History: "In a preventative measure to protect guests, employees, volunteers and the community from the rapidly evolving exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and following multiple directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Public Health and the CDC to limit public interactions; Carillon Historical Park is temporarily closing to the public all of its exhibit buildings, restaurants, visitor center and museum store until further notice.Please enjoy Deeds Carillon’s Westminster chimes every 15 minutes, and mini-concerts of three to five selections that play at 12:00 noon, 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Also remember to join us at www.daytonhistory.org to explore over 50,000 digitized archival images. We look forward to resuming normal operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support and understanding".
Site # 5: National Museum of the United States Air Force™ - https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Coronavirus/
Site # 6: National Aviation Hall of Fame
*Site # 8: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum – this update from Woodland as of April 1: "Due to the corona virus, Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum has cancelled all cemetery tours, events and community presentations through May 9, 2020. We will monitor the situation and follow recommendations as outlined by the State of Ohio Health Department, Montgomery County Public Health and the CDC as to whether we cancel more events past May 9th. If you have signed up for a tour, please check your ticket and see if your tour has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, your family and friends. We thank you for your continued support of Woodland and the programs that we offer. CLICK HERE to go to our website events calendar to check on cancelled events". (Woodland grounds are still open - see above under OPEN category).
Site # 9: Wright B Flyer
Site # 10: Wright State University Special Collections and Archives-Paul Laurence Dunbar Library – this site is closed to visitors, but is now handling all research inquiries via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or chat. Here is the contact page, https://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/ask/
Site # 11: Historic WACO Field and Airplane Museum - Museum is closed to the public as of March 19. Brickmaster Showcase and March Aviation Lecture events are CANCELLED. Check WACO website at https://www.wacoairmuseum.org or call (937) 335-9226 for further updates.
Site # 12: Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Site # 13: Butler County Warbirds - all operations are closed until at least the weekend after April 7, and possibly longer. This includes museum operating hours and airplane rides. They will extend all of the ride vouchers and certificates that customers hold. For further information and updates see the website at www.bcwarbirds.com.
Site # 14: Grimes Flying Lab
Site # 15: Tri-State Warbird Museum
Site # 17: Sinclair National UAS Training and Certification Center - closed for ATI site visitors for the time being.
The status of sites not shown in the above list is not confirmed. Check the websites of these sites for current status, or call their respective numbers.
This posting will be updated as changes are received.