Stephens City, Virginia
|Stephens City, Virginia|
|County||Frederick County, Virginia|
|Founded||September 1, 1758|
|• Mayor||Joy Shull|
|• Total||1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)|
|• Land||1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||764 ft (233 m)|
|• Density||806.8/sq mi (311.6/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
The German Protestants from Heidelberg, Germany were the founders of the town. Their leader was Peter Stephens. He came from Pennsylvania in 1732. Stephens would buy some land from Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron. The land was set out in parcels at first. Later, it was made into "Stephensburgh" in 1758 by Peter's son Lewis.
By the start of the Revolutionary War, "Stephensburg" was often called simply "Newtown".
The town was almost burned by Union forces during the Civil War. This was when Union forces were attacked by Newtown residents. Major Joseph K. Stearns of the 1st New York Cavalry disobeyed an order from a higher ranking General and saved the town.
The town was again renamed "Stephens City" in 1880. This happened after a row with the United States Postal Service.
- Smith, Byron C.. "Town History". Newtown History Center in Stephens City, Virginia. http://www.newtownhistorycenter.org/default.asp?page=504. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
- "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form". United States Department of the Interior. http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/Frederick/304-0001_Newtown-Stephensburg_Historic_District_1992_Final_Nomination.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
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