Stephens City, Virginia

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Stephens City, Virginia
Country United States
State 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)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,146
 • Density 806.8/sq mi (311.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 22655

Stephens City, Virginia is a town in Frederick County, Virginia. The town had a population of 1,146 at the time of the 2000 census.

History[change | change source]

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.[1]

"Welcome" sign along US Route 11, with the Newtown-Stephensburg wagon.

By the start of the Revolutionary War, "Stephensburg" was often called simply "Newtown".[1]

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.[1]

The town was again renamed "Stephens City" in 1880. This happened after a row with the United States Postal Service.[1]

Today, the town is a busy place of throughfare with Interstate 81 and US Route 11. The center of the town is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Smith, Byron C. "Town History". Newtown History Center in Stephens City, Virginia. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  2. "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 

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