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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.

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Waynesville, Ohio

Waynesville is looking forward to bringing you some of the most unique finds in the country. Visit sixty shops, restaurants, and overnight stay facilities on Main Street, High Street, Miami Street, and Scioto Square. Don’t forget the businesses on Rt 73, which are a part of our Waynesville Merchant Community.


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