History of Waynesville NC,
July 26, 2014 by
Waynesville, NC was
founded 1810 by revolutionary war soldier,
Love, who named the town after his former commander,
General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (image).
Love was an American
Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia. He
was born in 1760 in Augusta County, Virginia.
He joined the Virginia Militia in 1776, out of
present-day Wythe County. As a member of the
North Carolina legislature, Love represented
Washington County (now in Tennessee) for one year -
1879. In 1792, he was elected to the North
Carolina state senate.
Love once challenged
a man to a duel after an argument broke out over the
matter of a horse race. Both were duelists,
but the man he challenged declined to partake.
That man would later become the President of the
United States. His name... Andrew Jackson, who
would never turn down another duel.
In 1789, Colonel
Robert Love was a delegate to the Fayetteville
convention and voted in favor of ratifying the
In 1809, Love, now a
wealthy man and the first elected Justice of the
Peace for Haywood County,
donated the land where the courthouse currently
rests. His original donation was for a
courthouse, jail, and town square. He sold
lots to help pay for the Courthouse construction.
The area was called Mount Prospect. Shortly
thereafter, the new town was renamed "Waynesville".
Love died in 1845 in
Waynesville, NC and is buried in the town's Oak Hill
Anthony Wayne (1745 - 1796)
was a U. S. Army General and Statesman. He had a
fiery personality and a short temper - thus the
nickname "Mad Anthony". He quickly
rose to the rank of Brigadier General.
During his early
years, Wayne served with the Continental Army's
invasion of Canada, at the aid of Benedict Arnold.
IN 1977 he was promoted to Brigadier General and
served as commander of the Pennsylvania Line.
he lead the attack at the Battle of Monmouth against
the British. He was awarded a medal by Congress for
leading a three-column, light-infantry, night-time
bayonet attack and victory at Stony Point.
Wayne survived a
mutiny (over pay and conditions) in 1781 while
commanding the Pennsylvania Line. That same
year, he led another fearless bayonet charge, this
time with Marquis de Lafayette's advance forces at
Green Spring (Virginia).
surrounded via a trap set by the British
(Cornwallis), he ordered his men to fix bayonets and
attacked the much larger British forces, winning the
battle. The victory earned Wayne great respect
and significantly improved his reputation for being
In 1783, after
negotiating a peace treaty with the Creek and
Cherokee tribes, way was promoted to Major General
(2-star) and provided a gift of land from Georgia.
After serving for one
year in the Pennsylvania state legislature, Wayne
retuned to Georgia to live on the land awarded him.
He was a delegate to the state convention which
ratified the U.S. Constitution.
the early 1790s, Wayne was recalled by President
George Washing to head up a new military force
called the Legion of the United States. His
job, form an Army and quell the Western Indian
In forming the new
Army, Wayne established the first "basic training"
for American soldiers. The new soldiers were
sent to Ohio to form "Fort Recovery". A
victory against the British-backed Indians at the
Battle of Fallen Timbers in Ohio ushered the state
into the Union in 1803.
Wayne died from gout in
1796 while returning from a trip in Detroit to
Pennsylvania. He was buried at Erie, but was
disinterred in 1809 and moved to a family plot in
In 1995, the towns of
Waynesville and Hazelwood merged, and became
Waynesville NC 28786.