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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hungerford Tavern

Lost Rockville -- 1801 to 1850

 
 
Hungerford Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Vincent, April 14, 2012
1. Hungerford Tavern Marker
Inscription.  Hungerford Tavern was the site of some of the most important events in the history of Montgomery County. Three months prior to the Continental Congress in 1774, local citizens met at Hungerford Tavern to protest oppressive actions of the British Parliament. The first election of County officials was held here when the County was organized in 1776, and the Tavern was the location of the first County court from 1777 to 1779.

Hungerford Tavern was owned by Joseph Wilson from 1786 to 1791 and by his granddaughter, Susan Russell, in the 1840s. Archaeological digs were conducted at this site in 1973 and 1987. Artifacts retrieved from these digs are displayed by Peerless Rockville in the Red Brick Courthouse.

Hungerford Tavern was one and one-half stories and made of logs chinked with clay. There were four rooms in the main building, one of which had a large fireplace and a hook to hang pots for cooking food. Whipping posts, a pillory and stocks were located behind the tavern before a jail was built. Hungerford Tavern continued to be a landmark for more than 100 years, serving at different times as an inn, meeting and polling place,
Hungerford Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, June 10, 2007
2. Hungerford Tavern Marker
This marker was more readable in 2007.
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and, eventually, a private home. The building was demolished in 1913 and replaced by a new Baptist church and parsonage.
 
Erected by Rockville Historic District Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommercePatriots & Patriotism. A significant historical year for this entry is 1774.
 
Location. 39° 5.01′ N, 77° 9.16′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: West Jefferson Street, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hungerford Tavern / Susan Russell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hungerford Tavern Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hungerford Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Lamar House (within shouting distance of this marker); Adam Robb's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. James Anderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); “Out of Robb’s Window, Montgomery County Court House.” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Hungerford Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2019
3. Hungerford Tavern Marker
The marker is still standing (but largely unreadable) in 2019.
Hungerford Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2019
4. Hungerford Tavern Marker
In 2019, this “Lost Rockville” marker co-exists with “Early Rockville” marker which has the same wording and photo of Hungerford's Tavern. The “Early Rockville” marker can be seen in this photo behind the “Lost Rockville” marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on August 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on June 11, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 28, 2022