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Join the ranks of Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison as visitors to Hawthorn Hill, the world’s first pilot’s last home. Named for the surrounding native hawthorn trees growing on the property, Hawthorn Hill is a house rich in history, beautiful architecture, and inspiring stories. Dayton History invites you to enter the private and personal life of Orville Wright.

Your tour of Hawthorn Hill will begin at Carillon Historical Park where you will meet your guide. He or she will drive you to Hawthorn Hill in our 14 passenger shuttle. Built in 1914, Hawthorn Hill is not wheelchair accessible and our shuttle is unable to accommodate car seats. If any guests in your party require a car seat or a wheelchair, please make sure you have notified a Dayton History staff member well in advance of your tour and our staff will be more than happy to do their best to explain the physical layout of the house and any limited arrangements that can be made for your party. The tour is NOT recommended for children ages 10 or under.

Once you arrive at Hawthorn Hill, your guide will lead you through Orville Wright’s home and tell you about the Wright family’s history. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. We request that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time in order to use the restroom and check-in with our Welcome Desk staff. Our regularly scheduled public tours depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00am and 12:30pm.
Join us for a 19th century afternoon tea at the historic Patterson Homestead. The Patterson Homestead (est. 1816) is the former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, KY founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson.

Your afternoon begins with a tradition that spans several generations: the afternoon tea. This tradition has its roots in England, where it quickly spread and became a treasured pastime for women in Victorian America. At the Patterson Homestead, we serve in the style of the traditional afternoon tea: three delicious courses consisting of breads, sandwiches, and desserts, all based upon historic Victorian-era recipes. Guests are welcome to try two varieties of our loose-leaf teas, a black tea and herbal tea chosen especially for the themed tea program.

Sit back and enjoy as you learn about the Patterson family, the historic Homestead, and life in Victorian America. After the tea, you are welcome to tour the Patterson Homestead at your leisure, with costumed interpreters available to answer any questions you may have.

The program will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests shall meet at the banquet hall entrance into the Patterson Homestead, where they will be greeted by a costumed interpreter. It is strongly recommended that you arrive
Taste beers and savor foods that tell the stories of Dayton's earliest immigrants that shaped the historic brewing industry. This special food and beer pairing combines historic recipes and beers from the nation's only production brewery in a museum. Your ticket includes the following menu:

Welcome beer
Irish Red Ale

1st course
Bone marrow with toasted bread & homemade bacon jam
Ginger Pale Ale

2nd course
Scallop & Shrimp Ceviche
Berliner Weisse

3rd course
Braised short rib, with creamy polenta, natural jus and fresh rosemary
Spruce Ale

4th course
Roasted Atlantic Salmon
Served with braised leeks, spinach, white wine and cream
Coriander Ale

5th course
Cherry tart with cinnamon ice cream and Porter reduction
Beet Ale
On Saturday, February 29, 2020, historic Memorial Hall (Est. 1910) welcomes nearly 2,200 spectators to Dayton History's Fight Night, presented by Steve R. Rauch Inc. Fighters train for several weeks alongside Jeff Brown, founder of Brown Institute of Martial Arts, before going three rounds in the same venue where Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, and many other boxing legends once went toe-to-toe.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their best 1920s outfits to match the theme of this historically inspired boxing exhibition. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and concessions will be served throughout the night.

After the fighting has ended, Fight Night's Speakeasy After-Party will just be getting started in Memorial Hall's lower level. Featuring music and a full-service bar, party-goers can mingle with the fighters and dance the night away.
Prepare yourself to experience the Tavern Dinner: Harvest Feast at Carillon Historical Park.

This event is casual and involves participation in a number of hands-on historical activities, so please dress comfortably and according to the weather.

Your evening will begin at the Kettering Family Education Center, the main entrance to our campus of over 30 museum exhibits. We ask that you park in our main parking lot, nearest the covered portico. There you will be greeted by a costumed guide and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. Please arrive between 5:45pm and 6:00pm. Prompt arrival ensures that the evening can start on time for all guests.

At 6:00pm, you will be escorted to the William Morris House and Hetzel Summer Kitchen. Here, costumed cooks will welcome you to the 1830s with the interactive discussions and demonstrations of 19th century tasks. After participating in the preparations for the multi-course meal, you will dine by candlelight in Newcom Tavern.

If you would like to enjoy alcoholic beverages with dinner, wine and beer will be available for purchase with a credit card or with cash. Entertainment, dessert, and discussion will follow this authentic supper.
Join us for a 19th century afternoon tea at the historic Patterson Homestead. The Patterson Homestead (est. 1816) is the former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, KY founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson.

Your afternoon begins with a tradition that spans several generations: the afternoon tea. This tradition has its roots in England, where it quickly spread and became a treasured pastime for women in Victorian America. At the Patterson Homestead, we serve in the style of the traditional afternoon tea: three delicious courses consisting of breads, sandwiches, and desserts, all based upon historic Victorian-era recipes. Guests are welcome to try two varieties of our loose-leaf teas, a black tea and herbal tea chosen especially for the themed tea program.

Sit back and enjoy as you learn about the Patterson family, the historic Homestead, and life in Victorian America. After the tea, you are welcome to tour the Patterson Homestead at your leisure, with costumed interpreters available to answer any questions you may have.

The program will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests shall meet at the banquet hall entrance into the Patterson Homestead, where they will be greeted by a costumed interpreter. It is strongly recommended that you arrive
Orville Wright was the most famous person to ever call Oakwood, Ohio home. His gorgeous estate, Hawthorn Hill, is a National Historic Landmark and a true point of pride for the greater Dayton region. When Orville, his younger sister, Katharine, and their elderly father, Bishop Milton Wright, moved into the house in April of 1914, they joined a neighborhood filled with industrialists, inventors and other luminaries.

Dayton History and the Oakwood Historical Society have joined together for a unique glimpse into this fascinating time period. From 12:00 until 5:00, Oakwood residents, members of Dayton History and the Oakwood Historical Society, and the general public are invited to experience Hawthorn Hill in a way that hasn’t been seen in over 60 years. Dozens of pieces of Orville’s original furniture have been returned to their original spots within the home after sitting in storage for decades. As visitors move through the house, knowledgeable guides will share information about the historic structure, its contents and its brilliant, and often mischievous, owner.

As visitors move their attention from inside the home to the surrounding neighborhood, Oakwood Historical Society volunteers will conduct walking tours of the Oakwood neighborhood near Hawthorn Hill. These tours will shed insight into the men who developed Oakwood in the late 19th Century as Dayton’s newest streetcar suburb and how their new enterprise nearly failed. The tour will also highlight noteworthy architectural features of a variety of homes, as well as the stories associated with the people who lived and worked in the neighborhood when the Wright family arrived.
Join us for a 19th century afternoon tea at the historic Patterson Homestead. The Patterson Homestead (est. 1816) is the former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, KY founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson.

Your afternoon begins with a tradition that spans several generations: the afternoon tea. This tradition has its roots in England, where it quickly spread and became a treasured pastime for women in Victorian America. At the Patterson Homestead, we serve in the style of the traditional afternoon tea: three delicious courses consisting of breads, sandwiches, and desserts, all based upon historic Victorian-era recipes. Guests are welcome to try two varieties of our loose-leaf teas, a black tea and herbal tea chosen especially for the themed tea program.

Sit back and enjoy as you learn about the Patterson family, the historic Homestead, and life in Victorian America. After the tea, you are welcome to tour the Patterson Homestead at your leisure, with costumed interpreters available to answer any questions you may have.

The program will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests shall meet at the banquet hall entrance into the Patterson Homestead, where they will be greeted by a costumed interpreter. It is strongly recommended that you arrive
Join us for a 19th century afternoon tea at the historic Patterson Homestead. The Patterson Homestead (est. 1816) is the former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, KY founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson.

Your afternoon begins with a tradition that spans several generations: the afternoon tea. This tradition has its roots in England, where it quickly spread and became a treasured pastime for women in Victorian America. At the Patterson Homestead, we serve in the style of the traditional afternoon tea: three delicious courses consisting of breads, sandwiches, and desserts, all based upon historic Victorian-era recipes. Guests are welcome to try two varieties of our loose-leaf teas, a black tea and herbal tea chosen especially for the themed tea program.

Sit back and enjoy as you learn about the Patterson family, the historic Homestead, and life in Victorian America. After the tea, you are welcome to tour the Patterson Homestead at your leisure, with costumed interpreters available to answer any questions you may have.

The program will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests shall meet at the banquet hall entrance into the Patterson Homestead, where they will be greeted by a costumed interpreter. It is strongly recommended that you arrive
Did you know that Dayton is home to a rich tradition of letterpress printing? By 1937, printing was the second largest industry in the United States. Due to the abundant water supply available, Dayton was heavily involved in the printing industry. In fact, as it was more cost-effective to print near the location of paper mills, 25 of Ohio’s 36 paper mills were located right here in the Miami Valley.

Explore this history with our Curator, Steve Lucht, and learn the art of letterpress printing in Carillon Historical Park’s 1930s Print Shop. Once you arrive, check in with our Guest Experience staff at the Welcome Desk, and they will guide you out to our Print Shop. Your experience will begin on Saturday, September 8th at 1:00pm, so please arrive at least fifteen minutes in advance!
Old Case Files is an interactive courtroom drama in which you, the audience, can participate in the show and interact with the historical characters. Feel free to talk with the costumed spectators to learn more about the time-period and the events surrounding the trial. If you wish to decide the fate of the accused, you can sign up to be a juror in the room to the left after you pick up your ticket.
The doors to the Old Court House, at 7 North Main Street, will open 30 minutes before show-time. Friday/Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm and Sunday shows at 3:00pm. Your reservation guarantees you a seat; however, we recommend you arrive early in order to select your preferred seats. Street parking is available downtown for free during show-times and several parking garages are located within a few blocks of the Old Court House. Please give yourself enough time to find a parking location before you arrive at the show. The run time for the show is 2+ hours with an intermission.
If you need the use of a wheelchair lift, please let the ushers know when you arrive and they will assist you. Within the Old Court House, restrooms are available before the show, as well as during the jury deliberation. Light snacks and drinks are available for purchase with cash, as well as Museum Store merchandise.
Join us for a 19th century afternoon tea at the historic Patterson Homestead. The Patterson Homestead (est. 1816) is the former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, KY founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson.

Your afternoon begins with a tradition that spans several generations: the afternoon tea. This tradition has its roots in England, where it quickly spread and became a treasured pastime for women in Victorian America. At the Patterson Homestead, we serve in the style of the traditional afternoon tea: three delicious courses consisting of breads, sandwiches, and desserts, all based upon historic Victorian-era recipes. Guests are welcome to try two varieties of our loose-leaf teas, a black tea and herbal tea chosen especially for the themed tea program.

Sit back and enjoy as you learn about the Patterson family, the historic Homestead, and life in Victorian America. After the tea, you are welcome to tour the Patterson Homestead at your leisure, with costumed interpreters available to answer any questions you may have.

The program will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests shall meet at the banquet hall entrance into the Patterson Homestead, where they will be greeted by a costumed interpreter. It is strongly recommended that you arrive
Join us for a 19th century afternoon tea at the historic Patterson Homestead. The Patterson Homestead (est. 1816) is the former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, KY founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson.

Your afternoon begins with a tradition that spans several generations: the afternoon tea. This tradition has its roots in England, where it quickly spread and became a treasured pastime for women in Victorian America. At the Patterson Homestead, we serve in the style of the traditional afternoon tea: three delicious courses consisting of breads, sandwiches, and desserts, all based upon historic Victorian-era recipes. Guests are welcome to try two varieties of our loose-leaf teas, a black tea and herbal tea chosen especially for the themed tea program.

Sit back and enjoy as you learn about the Patterson family, the historic Homestead, and life in Victorian America. After the tea, you are welcome to tour the Patterson Homestead at your leisure, with costumed interpreters available to answer any questions you may have.

The program will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests shall meet at the banquet hall entrance into the Patterson Homestead, where they will be greeted by a costumed interpreter. It is strongly recommended that you arrive
Join us for a 19th century afternoon tea at the historic Patterson Homestead. The Patterson Homestead (est. 1816) is the former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, KY founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson.

Your afternoon begins with a tradition that spans several generations: the afternoon tea. This tradition has its roots in England, where it quickly spread and became a treasured pastime for women in Victorian America. At the Patterson Homestead, we serve in the style of the traditional afternoon tea: three delicious courses consisting of breads, sandwiches, and desserts, all based upon historic Victorian-era recipes. Guests are welcome to try two varieties of our loose-leaf teas, a black tea and herbal tea chosen especially for the themed tea program.

Sit back and enjoy as you learn about the Patterson family, the historic Homestead, and life in Victorian America. After the tea, you are welcome to tour the Patterson Homestead at your leisure, with costumed interpreters available to answer any questions you may have.

The program will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests shall meet at the banquet hall entrance into the Patterson Homestead, where they will be greeted by a costumed interpreter. It is strongly recommended that you arrive
Join us for a 19th century afternoon tea at the historic Patterson Homestead. The Patterson Homestead (est. 1816) is the former home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, KY founder Colonel Robert Patterson and NCR founder John H. Patterson.

Your afternoon begins with a tradition that spans several generations: the afternoon tea. This tradition has its roots in England, where it quickly spread and became a treasured pastime for women in Victorian America. At the Patterson Homestead, we serve in the style of the traditional afternoon tea: three delicious courses consisting of breads, sandwiches, and desserts, all based upon historic Victorian-era recipes. Guests are welcome to try two varieties of our loose-leaf teas, a black tea and herbal tea chosen especially for the themed tea program.

Sit back and enjoy as you learn about the Patterson family, the historic Homestead, and life in Victorian America. After the tea, you are welcome to tour the Patterson Homestead at your leisure, with costumed interpreters available to answer any questions you may have.

The program will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests shall meet at the banquet hall entrance into the Patterson Homestead, where they will be greeted by a costumed interpreter. It is strongly recommended that you arrive