Few locations in southern Ohio can lay claim to so much history at one site. The John T. Wilson Homestead has been a place of significance since the early 1800s as the center of the community, general store, and post office; an important stop on the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to freedom; and a recruitment and training site of Civil War Union Soldiers – to its current placement on the National Registry of Historic Places and inclusion in the Friends of Freedom Society Most Endangered Underground Railroad listing. At the same time, this site has always been a place of quietness and peacefulness. Perched high on a bluff, with nearly constant gentle breezes, visitors to the Wilson home often feel a sense of calm and harmony. This is probably why John T. Wilson chose the name of Tranquility for the community that sprung up around his farmstead.

After four decades of neglect and disrepair, the John T. Wilson home was close to being lost forever. Today the John T. Wilson Homestead, with its original 42 acres of farm land remaining intact, is nearing a historically accurate restoration with a planned opening as a bed and breakfast fall of 2012. The grounds are also the location of Adam’s County Annual “Heritage Days” and in 2011 held the Civil War Days festival and encampment with Civil War re-enactors..Artifacts found on the grounds thought to be used by traveling slaves, a hidden staircase, and underground tunnels all add to the mystery and historical interest of the Wilson home.

The John T. Wilson homestead is situated in scenic Adams County Ohio, only minutes from the Wheat Ridge Amish Community and State Route 32, and an hour drive from Cincinnati. This is a picturesque land of rolling hills, country farms, covered bridges, and antique shops. Adams County is also the home of Serpent Mound, beautiful Ohio Brush Creek, and two state forests; and the Wilson home is adjacent to the 4300 acre Tranquility Wildlife Area which known for its world record white tail deer potential. If you are planning a visit to the John T. Wilson homestead please visit our local attractions link to find some of the wonderful sites of Adams County, Ohio.

We are proud that the John T. Wilson homestead serves as a connection to days gone by, preserving the past for current generations to enjoy. With the hustle and bustle of modern life, it is reinvigorating to step back into a simpler time, a place of tranquility and history. We look forward to you visiting the Annual Adams County Heritage Days and our future bed and breakfast.

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