Monday, March 26, 2001

Dig to seek artifacts at Wright brothers site

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio — An archaeological dig is planned at the site where the home of Orville and Wilbur Wright once stood to look for the foundation and artifacts, officials say.

        Anthony Sculimbrene, executive director of the Dayton Aviation Heritage Commission, said workers plan to dig test holes by hand this week at the site, which is a vacant lot on the city's west side.

        Officials hope to erect a replica of the home's facade in time for the city's celebration in 2003 of the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.

        The brothers lived at the home from 1871 to 1914.

        They sold the house to their laundress, who lived there until 1936, when Henry Ford bought the structure and transported it to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.

        “There has not been a structure on this site since 1936,” Mr. Sculimbrene said.


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