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Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Reopens

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Date: July 22, 2011
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center will reopen for normal business hours, Saturday, July 23, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Visitor Center was closed on Wednesday, July 20th due to a small fire in an air handling unit motor at the facility.

Park grounds and the Wright Brothers Pavilion with interpretive exhibits have remained open to the general public since the fire temporarily closed the Visitor Center.

For more information call 252-441-7430 or check the park website at www.nps.gov/wrbr.

Did You Know?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.