DAYTON, Ohio—The next Wright factory tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. The factory was the first in America built for airplane manufacturing.
The Wright factory tour is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary, but NAHA encourages Facebook users to respond on the factory tour’s event page. The tour takes about an hour, but visitors can leave whenever necessary.
The factory entrance is off West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The gate has no specific address, but GPS users can find it by navigating to 2807 W. Third St., Dayton OH 45417. PLEASE NOTE: The factory is unrestored and not ordinarily open to the public. Tour participants must sign a hold-harmless agreement before entering, and everyone must wear closed-toe shoes for safety. No restroom facilities are available.
Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the Wright Company in 1909 and built their first factory building in 1910. They added a second building in 1911. The buildings later became part of the 54-acre Delphi Home Avenue auto parts plant. It closed in 2008 and is now owned by Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, a redevelopment company.
With the owner’s permission, NAHA opens the site once each month for a free public tour to educate the public about the site’s history and plans for its redevelopment.
NAHA is working with Home Avenue Redevelopment and others to acquire the site with the help of public and private funding. Dayton Metro Library has committed to buy approximately seven acres of the site for its West Branch campus. The National Park Service has requested funds to buy the two factory buildings, as authorized by Congress in 2009.
NAHA’s vision is for the factory to be restored as the Wright Factory Unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the remainder of the site redeveloped with aviation-related activities that complement the national park unit and library.
2807 W. Third St., Dayton OH 45417