As an adult, Oliver Johnson bought his own plot of land a short distance from the original Johnson homestead in 1846. Eventually, Johnson subdivided his property (in 1909), with part of it sold to the city to be used as a rail line connecting Indianapolis and the community of Broad Ripple. Johnson's subdivided plots were bought by a variety of prosperous business owners and immigrants, and the neighborhood boasts a wide variety of architectural styles. Oliver Johnson's home, built in 1862, still stands, although it was moved to face Park Avenue rather than Central Avenue, as it was originally constructed.
Oliver Johnson's Woods was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.