Wright Brothers visitor center to reopen after renovations


KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — Fourth-graders will be the first to experience the renovated Wright Brothers National Memorial visitor center when it reopens two years after it closed for renovations.

National Park Service officials said in a news release that the center in Kill Devil Hills reopens Saturday with speeches. After that, Dare County 4th-graders and their families will be the first allowed in the renovated center to promote their study of Orville and Wilbur Wright as part of their school curriculum.

The building and exhibit updates cost a total of almost $7.5 million.

The new exhibits highlight why the brothers chose Kitty Hawk for their flight experiments from 1900 to 1903 and what their lives were like on the Outer Banks.

Hurricane Florence delayed the reopening, originally scheduled for Sept. 29.

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