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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

132-0034 Newtown Historic District

Newtown Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/21/1983

NRHP Listing Date 09/08/1983

NPS property number 83003318

Begun in 1781 as a twenty-five-acre annexation known as the Newtown Addition, and since expanded, the Newtown Historic District in Staunton is a large and varied neighborhood whose development spans over a century and a half. On the east, where Newtown joins Staunton’s two commercial historic districts, warehouses coexist with elegant brick houses. The neighborhood’s steep hills are a mix 19th- and early-20th century houses with individual examples of late 18th-century architecture such as the Stuart house of 1791. Three girls’ schools were located in the district, of which Stuart Hall School remains. The religious buildings include Trinity Episcopal Church (1855); the chapel of the city’s first African American church, organized in 1865; and the several late 19th-century churches. An important but contrasting component of the district is the romantically landscaped Thornrose Cemetery, filled with Victorian funerary monuments.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated February 19, 2019