Charles Stevens was the original owner of the land now called Steven's Forest of Oakland Mills, Maryland. He purchased the land on May 10th, 1709 and patented the name "Steven's Forest". In 1746, the land was patented to Philip Hammond, but when James Rouse was building the city of Columbia, he decided to keep the name of the land from the original owner. The streets of the neighborhood are named after the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, and Ernest Hemingway.

On October 30, 1963, James Rouse announced that he had bought fourteen thousand acres of land and he planned to build a city. That city was going to be called Columbia. Most of the city was planned out before construction began, and Oakland Mills was no exception to that. In 1969 the Village of Oakland Mills was Established, the village contained three neighborhoods, Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hill. James Rouse was very important to the founding of Stevens Forest because he basically came up with the idea of Columbia. William E. Finley also played a big role, Mr. Rouse hired him in 1962 to head planning and ernesthemingway.jpgdevelopment of Columbia.

Stevens Forest is bordered by the Columbia Turnpike, Thunder Hill and Talbott Springs.

All the street's of Stevens Forest were named after titles, quotes etc. from the works of three very famous authors. They are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota. As a known drunk, he was in poor health by his late thirties, by his early forties he had contracted tuberculosis, and later had two heart attacks. After having more than thirty-five of his works published, Fitzgerald died at the age of forty-four, on December 21, 1940. John Rodrigo Dos Passos was born on January 14, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois. Not only did Dos Passos write, but he also painted and sketched all throughout his life. His most famous work was U.S.A Trilogy consisting of The 42nd Parallel, Nineteen Nineteen, and The Big Money. After having over twenty-five of his works published, John Dos Passos died on September 28, 1970, at the age of seventy-four. Ernest Miller Hemingway (pictured on the right) was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1952 Hemingway nearly died on a plane crash, for the rest of his life he was always sick or in pain from the accident. A cool fun fact about Ernest, is that he married a woman named Elizabeth Hadley Richardson, and my first name is Hadley and my middle name is Elizabeth. Anyway. Unfortunately on July 2, 1961 Hemingway committed suicide at the age of sixty-one. He has had over eight of his works published, and he has won a Nobel prize in literature.

Stephens Forest has many features, such as Stevens Forest Nursery School, Stevens Forest pool, Stevens Forest Elementary School, Oakland Mills Village Center and Oakland Mills Middle and High Schools.

As I said before, the streets of Stevens Forest were named after the works of three famous authors. Although not all of the street names are taken directly form the titles of the authors works, they all have some significance and relationship to the works of John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Bullring Lane was named after quotes found in two separate Hemingway books, The Sun Also Rises and Death in the Afternoon. Although the phrase "bull-ring" is not in the title of either book, it is found in the text. Clear Smoke Court was named after a piece of text from another Hemingway book: a variation of The Best Time:
Before the smoke cleared fishermen were out in boats enthusiastically scooping the stunned fish out with their handnets. Gatsby Green was named after Fitzgerald's most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, and also refers to the main character if the story, Jay Gatsby. Maera Court was named after two quotes from two different Hemingway books. the first was Death in the Afternoon:
A year before another had died, one who looked as though he were going to be one of the greatest of all. he was Maera Garcia, Maera.
The second was In Our Time:
I heard the drums coming down the street and then the fifes and the pipes and then they came around the corner, all dancing. the street was full of them. Maera saw him and then I saw him...
Kilimanjaro Road was named after another Ernest Hemingway short story, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, which was later made into a movie in 1952. Rocksparkle Road was named after a piece of text from a Dos Passo book, The Best Times,"...the sky is a crushing blue overhead and the rocks sparkle in the sun...".

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