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Paul Laurence Dunbar House

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Address: 219 N Paul Laurence Dunbar St, Dayton, OH 45402-6502
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+1 937-313-2010

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Watch the film first

Start by watching the film on site or at the Wright Brothers Aviation Museum Complex. There is a small museum on site. Then the park ranger will walk you through Mr Dunbar's... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

Start by watching the film on site or at the Wright Brothers Aviation Museum Complex. There is a small museum on site. Then the park ranger will walk you through Mr Dunbar's mothers home. Home has been preserved since her death. I suggest you read some of his poems prior to your visit and have a greater appreciation of this... More 

Thank IllinoisKate1
Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

The site has a 15 minute film on Paul Dunbar, a small museum about him, and then the house tour. The film was nice and helped give some background on Dunbar. The house tour was really interesting and the house is in great shape. Great place to visit if you're in Dayton, but house tours are only Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Thank Philip B
Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Really enjoyed this museum , it was a guided tour through Paul L's house , which was very interesting (We did not book it in advance, just arrived) Plan to arrive by Car as the neighborhood is so-so these days , but regardless it was worth the visit and we all enjoyed (Including kids) learning about Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thank Nadav A
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Not a whole lot to see besides the preservation of an old house, but it is some good old Dayton history. It looks like a spot in an end of town that needs some revitalization.

Thank mcm8476
Utica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 680 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Paul Laurence Dunbar is our first great African-American poet. Here in this house he wrote many of the poems we still read today. The house is a National Park and the guides are very knowledgeable. Must visit for anyone interested in American poetry -- or like us, if you love to visit author's houses!

Thank RonL40
Des Moines, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

This house is in perfect condition and is mostly as his mother left it when she passed away. If you like old houses and historical pieces, you will love this. I was fascinated by this guy's life, too. Watch the video about him so you have some idea who he was. You have to go around the corner to get... More 

Thank itsme018
West Chester, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 March 2016

A small museum of the nation's "first" celebrated African-American poet. There is a museum side which doesn't have much to see, but is still worth stopping into. The other building to the museum is his former house that his mother lived in years after his untimely death. Definitely worth seeing while experiencing Dayton's Aviation Trail.

Thank Porthos7
West Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 October 2015

We drove by and read the sign and viewed the house after going to the Wright Cyle Shop and at the Aviation Heritage Site. They are not far from one another and the area is nicely maintained now.

Thank sue o
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

I was most impressed by the staff polite and very helpful. The house itself was impressive with displays of period pieces.A very nice piece worth seeing while in Dayton.

Thank David R
Centerville, Ohio
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

Excellent opportunity to visit the home and learn about the man who made an outstanding contribution to American Literature--long before the Harlem Renaissance. Contemporary to the Wright Brothers, the home offers interesting history about Dunbar and his writing.

Thank WaltripWoman

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