Brookeville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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War of 1812 Bicentennial Brookeville, Maryland
Erected in ca. 1798, the Federal style Bentley House was the first substantial structure to be built in Brookeville. In 1814 it was the home of Caleb and Henrietta Bentley. Caleb was the town's first postmaster and merchant, and the house includes a separate post office and store wing. He was a watch- and clock-maker, engraver, silversmith, and investor who helped to finance many of Brookeville's homes and industries. On August 26, 1814, it was here that President Madison and his advisors took refuge during the British invasion of the nation's capital.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Communications • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison, and the Postal Mail and Philately series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1798.
Location. 39° 10.923′ N, 77° 3.442′ W. Marker is in Brookeville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Market Street, 0.1 miles east of North Street, on the left when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 Market Street, Brookeville MD 20833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In This House (a few steps from this marker); Madison House (a few steps from this marker); The Miller's Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Brookeville (within shouting distance of this marker); Mill Worker's Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Briggs House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas House Site (about 300 feet away); Gassaway House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookeville.
Also see . . .
1. Madison House Tour in Brookeville. (Video) by Sonya Burke, "In this MyMCMedia extra, Sandy Heiler, the owner of the Madison House in Brookeville, gives us a tour of her home." (Submitted on August 21, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Thomas Bentley House. (PDF) Historic American Buildings Survey. (Submitted on August 21, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.