Samuel Heighway founded Waynesville in 1797 and thought his town would become the capital of the Northwest Territory—a dream that never materialized. However, Waynesville did grow up to become the “Antiques Capital of the Midwest,” snagging its own little piece of American heritage.
Older than the state of Ohio, Waynesville has been home to its original settlers, the Quakers, and a long line of pioneers whose descendents still live in the area . . . even the ghosts have a hard time moving on! Waynesville successfully maintains its illusion of small-town America, to the delight of citizens and visitors alike.
Highlights of Waynesville and Wayne Township:
• The I.H. Harris “Treasury”
• Tennessee Williams’ family roots through his maternal grandfather, Walter E. Dakin.
• The Little Miami Railroad, the main pork and livestock shipping artery in the Southwest.
• The Quaker influence, including religion, architecture and education.
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