Welcome home to this historic neighborhood right near the heart of Dayton! Known for it’s schools, hometown feel, and impressive architecture, Oakwood is a unique city. Homeowners here take great pride in both their home and their community.
The city of Oakwood was originally established in 1908. The reason for its growth is widely debated. Was it because of the 1913 Great Dayton Flood? Or did it have more to do with the increasing development of the street car system between downtown Dayton and its suburbs? Either way, construction in this quaint town boomed through the 1920s and 30s. Its current footprint had mostly developed by the end of the 1950s. During this time, Orville Wright and his family were Oakwood’s most notable resident with the completion of Hawthorn Hill in 1914. Styles of homes vary and include; Craftsman, Tudor, Four-Square, Dutch Colonial, Italianate Villa, and more.
Oakwood is one of the best-preserved examples of architecture from the time period, as homeowners over the years have taken great pride in maintaining their homes’ integrity. For this reason, the submission for the Schantz Park Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places was considered one of the finest submissions. Other buildings in the community currently on the registry are the Wright Memorial Library, Hawthorn Hill, and the Long-Romspert Homestead (home of the Oakwood Historical Society).
This small city, at just under 5 square miles, has a population of over 9,000 residents. Oakwood is a close-knit community with social events all throughout the year. Known for its schools, it is home to the Oakwood High School, Oakwood Junior High School, Harman School, Smith Elementary School, and the Lange School. The community also includes the Oakwood Community Center, along with the Gardner Pool. The Old River Sports Complex sits at the northern end of town, while the Mack Hummon Stadium is near the high school. There’s also Irving Field and the Virginia Hollinger Tennis Club. For our four-legged friends, Creager Field Dog Park is the place to be!
While much of the land is built on, there is still an abundance of green space around town. There are playgrounds at Shafor Park, Orchardly Park and Fairridge Park. If you like a quiet place for a stroll, check out the Loy Gardens, Houk Stream Park, Elizabeth Gardens, Centennial Park, or Francine’s Garden. The Smith Garden is a lovely spot open to the public that would delight even the most avid gardener!