History of Stevens & Company
William Temple Stevens was born in 1833 at Mistley in Essex, England. He was an import and export merchant and commission agent with Liverpool importers of Virginia and Kentucky tobacco, both in England and India were he was licensed under the East India Company.
In 1876, Stevens, with his wife and ten children, moved to Albemarle County. There he grew grapes that were sold to the Monticello Wine Cellar in Charlottesville.
In 1886, William T. Stevens began his career in real estate as a farm broker, the first in a long line of real estate brokers that included his son, Arthur, his grandson, Donald and his namesake grandson, William T. Stevens, who started his real estate career in 1935.
William T. Stevens and George Barkley first founded Barkley & Stevens in 1938. Both went on to sell significant Virginia estates for over fifty years, bringing to every transaction their unique reverence for and stewardship of the area. After a time, Stevens and Barkley parted ways and William T. Stevens founded Stevens & Company where his nephew, Noel Stevens, was a real estate associate. Ross L. Stevens joined Stevens & Company in 1990 and worked alongside his uncle, William T. Stevens, and father, Noel Stevens, until their retirement.
The company passed out of the Stevens family in 1988 when a group of investors including Hunter and Flip Faulconer purchased Stevens & Company. Soon after, Hunter and Flip Faulconer gained sole ownership. Flip continued the brokerage as principal broker until 2017 when she sold the business to Ross L. Stevens, bringing the company full circle.