2024 Reunion Announcement - Dayton, Ohio


The Dayton Area 2024 DVHSS reunion committee has put together a preliminary itinerary. The itinerary is currently incomplete. However, we have accounted for the principal items.

Dates:             June 19 through June 22, 2024

Lodging:        Hilton Garden Inn South – Austin Landing

12000 Innovation Drive

Miamisburg, Ohio 45342

937.247.5850 [Code – DVHSS] 937.247.5850

You can book your rooms online by clicking the link below:

Dscendants Valentine Hollingsworth Sr Society (hilton.com)

1 King Bed [$174,00/ day]                  2 Queen Beds $174.00/day                            1 King Jr Suite [$184.00]

The Inn is conveniently located south of Dayton off Interstate 75. Austin Landing is a shopping area with restaurants available.

Wednesday [June 19, 2024]:

Wednesday is arrival day. Check-in and the distribution of notebooks and ribbons will take place in the hotel lobby in the PM. Review of members genealogy will take place in the lobby.

Thursday [June 20, 2024]:

The morning starts with the DVHSS Annual Meeting held in a hotel meeting room. The hotel will provide box lunches after the meeting.

In the afternoon, our group will carpool to the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (25-minute drive). Wright Patterson is the largest Air Force Museum in the world and consists of four large hangers.

Air Force MuseumAir Force Museum 2

The day concludes with a dinner in the hotel ballroom. Marsha M. Moses, a geologist from Huntington, WV, is our guest speaker.


 Friday [June 21, 2024]

This morning, we will carpool to Carillon Historical Park in Dayton. Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre park and museum in Dayton, Ohio, which contains historic buildings and exhibits concerning the history of technology and the history of Dayton and its residents from 1796.

Carilon ParkWright Brothers Museum

Features include:

  • Deed’s Carillon - At 151-feet, with 57 bells, the Deeds Carillon was a gift of founders Colonel Edward A. and Edith Walton Deeds.
  • Wright Brother's National Museum – Houses the 1905 Wright Flyer III: the only airplane designated a National Historic Landmark, the first practical flying machine.
  • Wright Brother's Replica Bicycle Shop

After lunch in Troy, Ohio, we travel to West Milton to visit two Quaker cemeteries and a Quaker meeting house.

The DVHSS Annual Dinner will take place in the hotel ballroom with Margaret Farmer Planton speaking about her father, Walter I. Farmer. Walter Farmer, a Hollingsworth descendant, was one of the Monuments Men during World War II and served as the Director of the Wiesbaden Central Collection Point. Walter was responsible for the Wiesbaden Manifesto, a protest by the Monuments Men against sending European art to America.

Saturday [June 22,2024]:

Saturday is a carpool day with morning visits to an Underground Railway Safe House, and the Mary L. Cook Library. We are currently lining up a speaker for a visit to a Waynesville Quaker meeting house.

Following lunch, our group continues to the Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve. Fort Ancient is the site of the largest prehistoric hilltop enclosure in the US. It includes 3.5 miles of earthen walls and mounds in a 100-acre complex. Fort Ancient is one of eight Ohio Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks recently approved as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Built around 2,000 years ago by the Ancestors of many modern American Indian tribes, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve is Ohio’s oldest state park and the largest hilltop enclosure in North America. While the name suggests that this site was used as some kind of defensive structure, evidence shows it was a gathering place used for ceremonial purposes. The visit includes an introductory film and a tour of their museum.

Fort Ancient 1Fort Ancient 2

A visit to Turtle Creek Cemetery follows before we stop in Lebanon for shopping and dinner at the Golden Lamb.

NOTE: Please contact John P. Hollingsworth if you have a certain Cemetery that you wish to visit in the area. Contact data is in DVHSS Journal.