Rally planned to save Fairfield house once owned by aviator Gustave Whitehead

Town officials say the house is in bad shape and does not have enough historical value. (4/14/14)

FAIRFIELD - The Fairfield home of an aviator who is credited with making the first manned powered flight two years before the Wright Brothers is set to be torn down.

The house was built by aviator Gustave Whitehead.

Supporters plan to rally outside the house Tuesday in an effort to save it. 

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Town officials say the house is in bad shape and does not have enough historical value to preserve. They say anything historical that is found on the property will be saved.

Edward Collins, who is taking part in the rally, says he wants the house to be an attraction for Connecticut. However, town officials say that may not be possible.

The rally will start at 3 p.m. rain or shine.

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