Carillon Historical Park


The Carillon Historical Park celebrates the history of invention, transportation, and pioneer life in Dayton and the Miami Valley. The 65-acre park was founded by Col. Edward Deeds and opened to the public in 1950. The park features more than 20 exhibit buildings and structures that showcase locally made inventions, including automobiles, bicycles, and rail cars. The park is also the site of the 151-foot-tall, 57-bell Deeds Carillon, the largest in Ohio. Among the many engineering highlights in the park are a 200-ton Corliss steam engine, which powered and heated the NCR factory that manufactured the first electric cash register.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The park includes a replica of the carriage house where "The Barn Gang," a group of inventors including Edward Deeds and Charles Kettering, created the electric ignition system and self-starter for automobiles. The 1912 Cadillac was the first model of car to carry these innovations.