Open house this weekend at historic Hawthorn Hill

Open house being held this weekend at Wright Brothers' home, Hawthorn Hill (WKEF/WRGT)

OAKWOOD (WKEF/WRGT) - This weekend you can get an up close look at how the Wright Brothers lived.

The historic Hawthorn Hill will have an open house event this Sunday, allowing people to tour all the rooms of the home. Orville Wright, the world's first pilot, lived in the home from 1914-1948.

"We very much endeavor to get inside the mind of the inventor, to really learn who he really was as a real human being," says Alex Heckman, the Director of Museum Operations for Dayton History.

Heckman says the open house event will include the standard tour through the main floor and upstairs. This includes the living room, dining hall and Orville Wright's private quarters.

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"During the Wright at Home event we allow our guests to walk through the basement of the home, which is something that does not happen at any other point in the year," says Heckman. "We will also have an original Hudson Essex Terraplane. That’s the same make and model of car that Orville Wright owned in the early 1930’s.”

The basement include a coal fired boiler as well as Orville Wright's private walk-in safe. Stephen Wright, a great grandnephew of Wilbur and Orville Wright, will be on site as well.

Tickets for the event are $20 the day of, or $15 in advance. Kids 4-12 are $5. And, kids 4 and under get in free. Contact Carillon Historical Park for more info.

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