Wilsonville is a small, family-focused town located in the heart of Shelby County, Alabama. Wilsonville’s rich heritage and gentle living has made it one of the most desirable locations to live in the area.
Wilsonville has six active churches inside the town limits. There is a baseball field complex and a softball field. Wilsonville has a very qualified Fire Department with 22 members and 2 fire stations. We also have a useful library complete with a summer reading program and computers for public use. Wilsonville is a “GREAT PLACE TO CALL HOME!!”
Wilsonville Alabama History
The first settler in the Wilsonville area was Henry W. Robertson, who brought his family from South Carolina in 1812 and settled one thousand acres on the location which includes the present farms of W. F. Robertson, James Robertson, and Ralph Robinson—the last being no relation to the Robertsons. At this time, the closest neighbors were one family of settlers in the Easonville area (a few miles south of Pell City) and one in the Montevallo area. Alabama became a state in 1819, and in 1822, a land office was opened in Tuscaloosa. Mr. Robertson, Mr. Wallace who stayed with the Robertsons while picking the land he wished to claim and other settlers rode horseback to Tuscaloosa to claim their land. The Wallace plantation house still stands four miles north of Wilsonville where Highway 76 connects with Highway 25.
Originally situated on a stagecoach road to Montgomery, Wilsonville was further connected to the rest of the state when a wide-gauge railroad was built to connect the town with Talladega. A depot was built in town sometime later, the first in Shelby County. The track was modified to standard gauge in the early 1880s.
The town of Wilsonville was begun about the time the Indians were driven out of the northern part of Alabama. Some are reported to have passed through the site on which the town is now located. (Read entire historical document – PDF)