Founded in 1797
Waynesville was founded in 1797 by Englishman Samuel Heighway. He and Dr. Evan Banes purchased 30,000 acres from John Symmes of Cincinnati. The town was platted and laid out in 1802 in the style of an English village. Lots were sold for $6.00 each. Waynesville was named for General ‘Mad Anthony’ Wayne, whose detachment of soldier is said to have been camped near the town.