Life and Time magazine’s top 100 lists of the last century included Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and Bedford NY resident from 1941 until his passing in 1971. Time call Bill “The Healer”. His wife, Lois Wilson, co-founded Al-Anon Family Groups in their Bedford Hills home in 1951. Al-Alon and AA continue to thrive around the world today. The Wilson’s homestead, Stepping Stones, is a non-profit National Historic Landmark. Established by Lois Wilson, the Stepping Stones Foundation preserves 15,000 historic objects, maintains six buildings, protects 100,000 archival items and educates the public about the Wilson’s legacy through tours and programs.
Bill Wison may be Westchester’s writer with the farthest reach and deepest impact. More than 16 million English language copies of the book “The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” have circulated worldwide. Today more than 2 million people belong to AA and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions are a framework for recovery that hundreds more groups have borrowed and adapted to conditions ranging to overeating to codependency. The book Alcoholics Anonymous is translated into 69 languages (with 17 more translations pending), audio and braille. Over 35 million English copies of Alcoholics Anonymous have circulated since its first printing in 1939.
Bill began to experience a problem with alcohol while serving in the U.S. Army. In 1934, he quit drinking for good. By June of 1935, he launched the AA program with Dr. Bob, a gentleman to whom Bill carried a message of recovery that included finding a higher power of your own understanding and working with others. To tour or learn more about Stepping Stones, please contact us at the phone, website or email address below.
Welcom Center, shop, orientation display: noon to 3pm Monday - Saturday
Tours into the historic home and studio: By reservation 1pm Monday-Saturday (call 914-232-4822)