The Civil War breaks out. A peace rally is held at the Stepney Green by local pacifists called “Copperheads.” P.T. Barnum and Elias Howe arrive by train with a group of hired ruffians and break up the rally. Nearly 100 town residents volunteer for the Union forces.
- Stepney — 26
- East Village — 37
- Elm Street — 30
- Birdsey’s Plain — 61
- Walker’s Farm — 47
- Center — 39
- Cutler’s Farm — 27
- $102 for Summer session
- $136 for Winter term
Route 25 is paved as a state highway, the first paved road in town.
The Stepney Volunteer Fire Department is established, the town’s first fire department.
War Memorials are established on the Town’s two Greens, Stepney and Monroe, honoring World War I veterans.
The end of the Agricultural era and the start of suburbanization.
May 24th — Save Our Stepney Task Force is established to preserve and enhance the Stepney/Birdsey’s Plain areas.
Upper Stepney / Birdsey’s Plain Historic District established. The district encircles the Stepney Green and Includes certain adjacent properties.