The William Morris House
(where some of our dinner was prepared.)
Carillon Historical Park engages you to sample Dayton’s rich heritage
of creativity and invention!
The Park immerses you in the region's history - from Dayton's founding in
1796 through two centuries of expansion, industrialism and innovation.
Where else can you see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world's first
practical airplane and National Historic Landmark, the 1835 B&O (Grasshopper)
steam locomotive, and the first automobile self-starter? Only at Dayton History's
Carillon Historical Park, that's where! As a visitor, you will also get to experience
Dayton's pioneer history complete with costumed interpreters and a visit to
Dayton's oldest building, Newcom's Tavern, erected in 1796.
Here is a shot of the tavern.
It was in Newcom Tavern, the1796 home of Col. George Newcom and family
and oldest building in Dayton, that we shared a wonderful experience with others.
Dayton's oldest surviving structure was the backdrop for the region's most
unique dining experience! Guests of Tavern Dinners enjoy the same type of
meal that might have been served in Newcom Tavern to the likes of Daniel
Cooper, William Van Cleve, Samuel Thompson and others from Dayton's
rich history. Following participation in hands-on demonstrations of 19th century
activities at the William Morris House and Hetzel House, we enjoyed a hearth
cooked and historically accurate multi-course supper! Yes, it was also delicious!
Inside the William Morris House we got to see our dinner being prepared,
assist with it and learn so much about cooking in that era.
Dinner sure does smell good!
My Bill churning the butter for dinner!
Our Grace had a go too.
A lesson in firearms of the period...
That's my Mom in the green jacket...
Grace had a go with it...
...and it was LOUD!
The server's were all wonderful!
All the guests that evening were fun and so friendly!
We shared lots of laughter!
The first course and the Bill of Fare.
My handsome husband enjoying himself!
The lesson on etiquette of the period said we MUST wear
our napkins tucked into our shirts!
Dishing out our the stew...
As evening fell it was so cozy inside the tavern...
We had magicians for our entertainment!
And there was even a surprise marriage proposal!
She said YES!
The Carillon...The park is named for the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon.
The carillon tower was built in 1942.
Today, with 57 bells, the carillon is Ohio’s largest.
Carillon Park refurbished the carillon in 1988, converting it
from an electric keyboard controlled instrument to a traditional,
baton-keyboard mechanical carillon. It is one of the gems of Dayton!
It was a lovely and memorable evening to be sure!
Thank you for sharing it with us!