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Middletown, Virginia
The Wayside Inn (1797) in Middletown
The Wayside Inn (1797) in Middletown
Location of Middletown, Virginia
Location of Middletown, Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Frederick
 • Total 0.78 sq mi (2.01 km2)
 • Land 0.78 sq mi (2.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
715 ft (218 m)
 • Total 1,265
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,801.29/sq mi (695.44/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-51512
GNIS feature ID 1495940

Middletown is a town in Frederick County, Virginia, United States, in the northern Shenandoah Valley. The population was 1,265 at the 2010 census, up from 1,015 at the 2000 census.


Belle Grove Plantation, about a mile southwest of Middletown, was first settled in about 1750 and its historic Federal-style manor house was completed in 1797. Middletown was the site of numerous military operations in the American Civil War including the Battle of Cedar Creek, fought just south of the town. The area where this battle occurred has been protected as part of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Because the town was founded long before the Civil War, its antebellum history is extensive, as evidenced by the fact that Middletown's Wayside Inn purports to be the longest continuously running inn in America. Wayside Theatre, also located in Middletown, was one of Virginia's oldest professional live theaters (opened 1961, closed 2013). The town is home to Lord Fairfax Community College. In addition to Belle Grove Plantation, Long Meadow, the Middletown Historic District, Fort Bowman, Monte Vista, Old Forge Farm, and St. Thomas Chapel are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2012 the town of Middletown elected the youngest Mayor in Frederick County history at the age of 24, Charles Hamilton Harbaugh IV.


Middletown is located at 39°1′41″N 78°16′45″W / 39.02806°N 78.27917°W / 39.02806; -78.27917 (39.027989, -78.279273).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 372
1890 410 10.2%
1900 423 3.2%
1910 363 −14.2%
1920 354 −2.5%
1930 416 17.5%
1940 361 −13.2%
1950 386 6.9%
1960 378 −2.1%
1970 507 34.1%
1980 841 65.9%
1990 1,061 26.2%
2000 1,015 −4.3%
2010 1,265 24.6%
2019 (est.) 1,396 10.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,015 people, 409 households and 280 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,851.9 per square mile (712.5/km2). There were 432 housing units at an average density of 788.2 per square mile (303.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.69% White, 4.43% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 409 households, out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,538 and the median income for a family was $42,031. Males had a median income of $30,893 and females $23,125. The per capita income was $18,613. About 6.8% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.


U.S. Route 11 (Main Street) runs through the center of Middletown and extends northeast-southwest, serving primarily as a local service road for nearby Interstate 81. Exit 302 along I-81 connects with Reliance Road just east of the town limits, providing direct access to Middletown. I-81 extends north to eastern West Virginia, western Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York, and southwest to Tennessee. It interchanges with Interstate 66 just to the south of Middletown, which extends eastward to Washington, D.C.

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