Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
West Jefferson and South Washington Street
— Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —
Hungerford Tavern was most likely operated by the tavern owner's African American slaves. African American slaves traveling with their masters were expected to care for them if they became too rowdy or drunk at taverns.
A meeting place for tobacco planters and lawyers to socialize and conduct business, the tavern was a center of social activity. When the 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 Americans • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour series list.
Location. 39° 4.995′ N, 77° 9.181′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of West Jefferson Street (Maryland Route 28) and South Washington Street on West Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 (a few steps from this marker); Hungerford Tavern/Susan Russell House (a few steps from this marker); Hungerford Tavern Site (a few steps from this marker); Dr. James Anderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hungerford Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); “Out of Robb’s Window, Montgomery County Court House.” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christ Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,018 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on June 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photo 1. submitted on June 22, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.