Brookeville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
On August 26, an exhausted President Madison arrived at the home of postmaster Caleb Bentley, where "all hands went to work to prepare supper and lodging for him" and his companions.
"It is against our principles to have anything to do with war, but we receive and relieve all who come to us." — Henrietta Bentley, quoted by Margaret Bayard Smith, August 1814
The message "You had better remove the records," alerted President Madison that an attack was imminent and the nation's important documents should be secured outside the city. Senate papers and money from Washington banks were sent to Brookeville.
Erected 2014 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812 Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison, and the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series lists.
Location. 39° 10.818′ N, 77° 3.512′ W. Marker is in Brookeville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on High Street (Maryland Route 97) just south of Market Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in front of the Brookeville Academy. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 High 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. Brookeville Academy (here, next to this marker); Newlin’s Mill Millstone (a few steps from this marker); August 26, 1814 (within shouting distance of this marker); Brookeville (within shouting distance of this marker); Brookeville Angel (within shouting distance of this marker); Margaret Brooke House (within shouting distance of this marker); Murphy House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gassaway House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookeville.
Also see . . . Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Sign Unveiled in Brookeville. by Sonya Burke, Montgomery Community Media. (Photos and Video) (Submitted on August 21, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.