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Dayton History Takes Over at Wright's Hawthorne Hill
OAKWOOD -- Hawthorne Hill, the historic home of Orville Wright, is in good hands these days, after the Dayton Foundation announced on Thursday the transfer of ownership to the Dayton History organization.
Mike Parks, president of the Dayton Foundation, said the transfer ensures that care of the house remains in local control.
"It's a wonderful way to ensure the legacy of the Wright brothers is within our control so we can share that story with the world, which we're so proud of here in Dayton," Parks said.
Parks also said a group of area philanthropists, called Friends of Hawthorne Hill, have vowed to permanently endow the care of the historic house.
Amanda Wright Lane, the great-grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, said Hawthorne Hill is in great hands with Dayton History.
"The thing that the whole (Wright) family has appreciated about Hawthorne Hill is its human side, the family side of the story," Wright Lane said. "So many assets here in Dayton talk about the science, the technology, the discovery, the invention, etc., but this (house) talks about what success was like for them, what sadness was like, what joy was like, etc. It's the same thing when you walk into a family home."
She said Dayton History will continue telling that story of the Wright's family history.
NOTE: A story first published Thursday on ABC 22/FOX 45 contained incorrect information about Hawthorne Hill being transferred to the National Parks Service. We apologize for the error.
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