The devolopment of the John Freeman Walls Historic Site began in 1976 when Dr. Bryan Walls, a Windsor dentist and great-great grandson of John, began
four years of genealogical research, which culminated in the publication of the documented novel "THE ROAD THAT LED TO SOMEWHERE".
This story traces John and Jane Walls' perilous journey along the Underground Railroad from Troublesome Creek, Rockingham County, North Carolina to Puce, Maidstone Township, Ontario,Canada. The family
self published the novel in 1980. Someone in the government read the novel and thought this was an important part of Canadian, American history and erected a historical plaque designating the property a historic site.