The town of Stephens City has gone through several name changes throughout its history. It started in 1758 as Stephensburg, and then became Newtown, then finally Stephens City. The original settlers were Scottish, Irish and German.
In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, Stephens City, then known as Newtown, became prosperous as a crossroads village. Local craftstmen produced a sturdy wagon, the Newtown wagon.
Each spring, Stephens City celebrates town history with the Newtown Heritage Festival. Year round walking tours through Stephens City showcase historical homes and craft shops.
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A secluded bench faces the arboretum pond. The arboretum has been a part of James Madison University campus since 1985, consisting of 125 acres of unspoiled forest land and hiking trails. Photo: Manny Jose