Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Location. 39° 4.336′ N, 77° 35.46′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Gleedsville Road (Virginia Route 650) 0.2 miles south of Oak Marr Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19669 Gleedsville Road, Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saving the Declaration of Independence / The War of 1812 (approx. one mile away); Martin Buchanan, USCT (approx. 1.6 miles away); Oatlands (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Oatlands (approx. 2.6 miles away); Carriage House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Electric Trains on the W&OD (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Great Falls Line (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Leesburg Lime Company (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
Regarding Rokeby. “The house also reputedly is one of the places where U. S, Government documents, including the Declaration of Independence, were stored when the British occupied Washington, D. C.
At the direction of Secretary of state James Monroe, Stephen Pleasonton, a clerk in the State Department, took the documents to a mill outside Washington. He thought them unsafe there so he loaded the papers into wagons and moved them again. ‘I preceded with them to the town of Leesburg, a distance of 35 miles, at which place an empty house was procured, in which the papers were safely placed, the doors locked, and the key given to the Rev. Mr. [John] Littlejohn, who was then, or had been, one of the collectors of the internal revenue,’ he wrote 34 years later.” – National Register Form.
Also see . . . Rokeby. National Registration of Historic Place Nomination Form, 1976. (Submitted on November 27, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War of 1812 •
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