Carillon Historical Park

Rating: ****

Link: http://www.daytonhistory.org/

Quick Review: Dayton is a very diverse place; well it invented modern transportation at least.

A carillon is a bell tower (I should have used a picture of the bell tower but…) Dayton’s Carillon is a historical park.

Set up as a small village, like most other open air museums, Carillon seems grounded but still enthralling. Although each of the buildings may come from different eras of Dayton’s unique history the layout is well designed and none seems out of place. From the entrance, with its one room school house and log tavern, to the back transportation building, every building seems to transport visitors from time period to time period.

If necessity is the mother of invention then Dayton must be its birthing room. The park seems to dwell less on the day to day life of old Dayton and more on the major inventions made here. The biggest sector of this early inventing boom is transportation. Did you know Dayton invented the modern car? Well…. the electric starter at least (Sorry hand crank manufactures.) Did you know that somebody from Dayton invented the airplane? Yes the park actually has a portion of the National Park in it. This section houses a mock-up of the Brothers original workshop and the ORIGINAL 1905 Wright Flyer III. This is the plane that took flying from an idea to a reality.

The park also has a interesting Transportation building dedicated to the ways Daytonians moved throughout the years. Mostly just street cars and buses, it is nice to see the evolution of mass transit from a trolley to the modern bus. Also on site is a working small scale train that kids can ride on.

Overall the park is a nice way to see what Dayton was like in the past and to marvel at all that it has accomplished.

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