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

Hungerford Tavern

Location: West Jefferson and South Washington Streets

 

— Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, June 4, 2021
1. Hungerford Tavern Marker
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The tavern owner's African American slaves most likely operated Hungerford Tavern. Slaves traveling with their masters were expected to care for them if they became too rowdy or drunk.

A meeting place for tobacco planters and lawyers to socialize and conduct business, the tavern was a center of social activity. When travelers stayed overnight, their slaves could exchange news of family members and relatives with the tavern owner's slaves. While the tavern served as the courthouse, a small jail was attached to the building. Slaves caught trying to escape were held here awaiting punishment and return to bondage.
 
Erected by City of Rockville, Historic District Commission, Department of Community Planning and Development Services. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & CommerceLaw Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour series list.
 
Location. 39° 5.002′ 

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By Devry Becker Jones, June 4, 2021
2. Hungerford Tavern Marker
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N, 77° 9.183′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Washington Street just north of West Jefferson Street (Maryland Route 28), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 79 S Washington St, 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 / Susan Russell House (here, next to this marker); Hungerford Tavern Site (here, next to 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 Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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