Visitors Can Go Inside Wright Brothers Monument This Summer

Posted By on April 9, 2016

High atop big Kill Devil Hill, the towering centerpiece of Wright Brothers National Memorial is the wing-shaped Wright Monument itself, a portion of the inside of which will be open to the public for the first time in decades this summer.

As the National Park Service as a whole celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2016, there will be a special treat for aviation enthusiasts at Wright Memorial this year. The small, round interior room at the base of the Wright Monument will be open on a weekly basis to the public, where park guides will explain its history, how it almost wasn’t built, how it contributed to Outer Banks tourism, and how Orville ¬†Wright wanted no part in the celebrations that went with it, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

The iconic granite pylon stands 60 feet tall on the top of Kill Devil Hill at Wright Brothers National Memorial in the town now known as Kill Devil Hills, an historic landmark and symbol of the Outer Banks.

The tower, which opens at the top to a small observation deck, will remain closed, because the interior stairwell is too narrow and unsafe to allow public visitation.

Wright Brothers National Memorial (photo: Nataional Park Service)

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Posted by Matt Artz

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