German emigrant Jost Hite and about 16 other German and Scots-Irish families from Pennsylvania came to this region in 1732, creating one of the early permanent European settlements. They settled along the Opequon Creek watershed southwest of the present-day city of Winchester. Soon after their arrival, a number of other communities developed regionally, including Fredericktown, present-day Winchester. Winchester was chartered as a town in 1752. It began as a small farming community that developed into a thriving town and important trading center at the junction of several transportation arteries.
Geographic Location: Frederick County
Physical Description of Location: Winchester, VA 22602. Located on Berryville Pike (Rt. 7), 0.75 miles west of the junction of Berryville Pike (Rt. 7) and Woods Mill Road. Marker is on the left when traveling west on Berryville Pike (Rt. 7).
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