Shelby County Alabama is located near the geographic center of the state of Alabama. The county seat of Shelby County is Columbiana Alabama. The county is named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky from 1792 to 1796 and again from 1812 to 1816.
The area that encompasses Wilsonville was first settled by 1812, with one family buying 1,000 acres; the town itself began to grow in the early 1830s, after the Cherokees were forcibly removed from their land. A store and a saloon were two early businesses in town. The town was named for Adam Wilson, an early settler in Shelby County.