Watching the Flames
Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail-War of 1812
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Georgetown was not harmed during the invasion because Mayor John Peter, Martha Custis Peter’s nephew, promised British officers that Georgetowners would not resist if they left in peace.
In the summer of 1814, the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, British troops marched on Washington with devastating results.
(Inscription by the images on the left)
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
Location. 38° 54.7′ N, 77° 3.758′ W. Marker is in Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia. Memorial can be reached from 31st Street Northwest north of Avon Lane Northwest, on the left when traveling north. The location of the marker is on the left side of the fence near the entrance gate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1644 31st Street Northwest, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. South Lawn (within shouting distance of this marker); Garage (within shouting distance of this marker); Dumbarton Oaks (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parrott Ropewalk (about 700 feet away); The Presbyterian Congregation in George Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW (approx. 0.2 miles away); Volta Place: A Place in History (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Original Georgetown Reservoir (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 18, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 7, 8, 9. submitted on February 12, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.