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Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rokeby

 
 
Rokeby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 26, 2017
1. Rokeby Marker
Inscription.
Has been placed on the
National Register
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); 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); Leesburg Freight Station (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.
Rokeby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 26, 2017
2. Rokeby Marker
C. in August and September of 1814. The interesting cellar vault is believed to be where the papers were hidden.

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 BuildingsWar of 1812
 
Rokeby image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 26, 2017
3. Rokeby
has been registered as a
Virginia
Historic
Landmark
pursuant to the authority vested in the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Act of 1966
House of Rokeby<br>Established 1753 - 1757 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 26, 2017
4. House of Rokeby
Established 1753 - 1757
House of Rokeby image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 26, 2017
5. House of Rokeby
Stephen Pleasonton image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. Stephen Pleasonton
The Vault image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 7, 2015
7. The Vault
Ralph Eshelman's photo of the vault at Rokeby in which federal documents may have been stored in 1814 appeared on the Heroes of 1814 marker at Congressional Cemetery (HMDb # 80481) where Stephen Pleasonton is buried.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 27, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on December 4, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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