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The “The Stephens Family” Historical Marker to be Dedicated in Frederick County

November 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The “The Stephens Family” historical marker will be dedicated at 2 p.m. in Frederick Co. More details to follow.

Here’s the text of the marker:

Stephens Family

Peter and Maria Stephens, German immigrants, settled here with their children in 1732. They had come from Pennsylvania with a group led by Jost Hite to form the Opequon settlement, a set of dispersed homesteads in this region. Archaeology reveals that the Stephens house occupied a site that Native Americans had once inhabited. Peter and Maria’s son Lewis, land speculator, entrepreneur, and militia officer, laid out a town here, which the General Assembly established as Stephensburgh in 1758. The town, later known as Newtown and then as Stephens City, was about a day’s wagon journey south of Winchester, setting a precedent for similarly spaced developments along the Great Valley Road.


November 23, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Updated October 30, 2019