Dayton’s rich history of invention is celebrated at Carillon Historical Park. This living history museum is set up as a village with over 30 historical buildings filled with exhibits.
The world’s first practical airplane, the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, is the most notable feature and a National Historic Landmark. Wilbur Wright flew this airplane on October 5, 1905, for 39 minutes 23 seconds. This was longer than all the flights of 1903 and 1904 combined. Be sure to see the other Wright Brothers exhibits which include one of their Cycle Shops and some family artifacts.
Other famous Dayton inventions that are on display include the cash register and automobile self-starter. At one time, Dayton had more patents per capita than any other U.S. city. The Heritage Center highlights Dayton’s history of innovation over a 150-year period.
Other exhibits focus on early settlement, transportation, printing, the Great 1913 Flood and the area’s geological history.
Dining options include the one-of-a-kind Carillon Brewing Co., the only craft brewery in the country operated by a museum. It is both an exhibit and a restaurant.