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Stephens City VA

Stephens City Virginia
“Newtown Stephensburg”

Town of Stephens City VA

The town of Stephens City is located at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Frederick County Virginia.

History of Stephens City VA

Stephens City was founded by Peter Stephens October 12, 1758 as the second oldest town in the Shenandoah Valley and was originally settled by individuals of Scottish, Irish, and Germans. In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, Stephens City, then known as Newtown, became prosperous as a crossroads village with a variety of small scale crafts and industries, featuring production of the renowned Newtown wagon. The new settlement became known as the Great Wagon Road south of Winchester, VA. This prosperity peaked in the 1840s. During the Civil War, Stephens City suffered as old industries declined and disappeared.

Stephens City is remarkable because it has retained its small-town character over two centuries of development and change. Change in Stephens City has been small scaled and accumulative. As a result, the town has a very high degree of historical integrity that will continue to be featured through renewal and revitalization.

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