Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hungerford Tavern / Susan Russell House
Location: Northwest Corner of West Jefferson and South Washington Street
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Charles Hungerford's tavern was the site of important events in the early 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 county court from 1777 to 1779.
Hungerford Tavern was owned by Joseph Willson from 1786 to 1791 and by his granddaughter, Susan Russell, in the 1840s. Archeological digs were conducted at this site in 1973 and 1987. Artifacts retrieved from these excavations are in the collection of Peerless Rockville, located in the Red Brick Courthouse.
Hungerford Tavern was 1 ½-stories and made of logs chinked with clay. There were four rooms in the main building, one with a large fireplace and a hook to hang pots for cooking. 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,
Erected by City of Rockville, Historic District Commission, Department of Community Planning and Development Services. (Marker Number 5.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 39° 5.001′ N, 77° 9.179′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of South Washington Street and West Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling south on South Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 87 South Washington 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. Rockville (here, next to this marker); Hungerford Tavern (here, next to this marker); Hungerford Tavern Site (a few steps from this marker); Lamar House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hungerford Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. James Anderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Adam Robb's TavernChrist Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
Also see . . . Early Rockville Walking Tour. Town of Rockville online map (Submitted on August 10, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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