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Edward and Arthur Wright

Founders of Wright Brothers Greenhouse

The Wright family is one of Woodlawn's first families, purchasing Lot 220 in section 27 in 1876. Brothers Edward and Arthur Wright started Wright Brothers Greenhouse in 1904 on property deeded to the family as a land grant by President Andrew Jackson. The brothers built a massive complex that became one of the largest tomato-growing operations in the Midwest. By the 1950s, Wright Brothers Greenhouse was one of the largest in America, with two acres under glass in one unit.


The family’s property, a tract of land in the Parkside Area on Bancroft, was located directly across the street from what became the University of Toledo campus.

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