Stephens City, Virginia

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Stephens City, Virginia
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Location in Frederick County, Virginia
Stephens City, Virginia is located in the United States
Stephens City, Virginia
Stephens City, Virginia
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 39°4′59.45″N 78°13′5.96″W / 39.0831806°N 78.2183222°W / 39.0831806; -78.2183222
CountryUnited States
FoundedOctober 12, 1758
Founded byLewis Stephens
Named forThe Stephens Family
 • MayorMike Grim[1]
 • Town Council
Council members
 • DelegateMark Berg (R)
 • VA SenateJill Holtzman Vogel (R)
 • U.S. CongressBarbara Comstock (R)
 • Total1.4 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Land1.4 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
764 ft (233 m)
 • Total1,829
 • Estimate 
Demonym(s)Stephens Citian
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)540
FIPS code51-75344[3]
GNIS feature ID1500159[4]

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.[5]

By the start of the Revolutionary War, "Stephensburg" was often called simply "Newtown".[5]

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.[5]

The town was again renamed "Stephens City" in 1880. This happened after a row with the United States Postal Service.[5]

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.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Town of Stephens City". Town of Stephens City. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  2. "Look Up a ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  3. "Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. 2010. Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Smith, Byron C. "Town History". Newtown History Center in Stephens City, Virginia. Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  6. "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2008-10-04.

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