Wright Cycle Shop

Summary

Wilbur and Orville Wright operated their Dayton, Ohio, bicycle business out of this building from 1897 to 1908. The brothers sold and repaired bikes, and even produced models under their own brands. It was also in this shop that the Wright brothers built their earliest flying machines, including the 1903 Flyer that became the first successful heavier-than-air, powered, controlled aircraft.

Wilbur and Orville Wright operated their Dayton, Ohio, bicycle business out of this building from 1897 to 1908. The brothers sold and repaired bikes, and even produced models under their own brands. It was also in this shop that the Wright brothers built their earliest flying machines, including the 1903 Flyer that became the first successful heavier-than-air, powered, controlled aircraft.

Artifact

Store

Date Made

circa 1875

Subject Date

circa 1903

Creators

Webbert, Charles, 1857?-1939 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Dayton 

Creator Notes

The building was originally constructed as a residence and later substantially modified in 1896 to a commercal building by Charles Webbert.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Main Street District

Object ID

38.819.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Brick (Clay product)
Roofing slate
Glass (Material)
Metal

Inscriptions

Sign above storefront on left: Wright Cycle Co

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