Brookeville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
United States Capital for a Day
—Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 10.818′ N, 77° 3.512′ W. Marker is in Brookeville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on High Street (Georgia Avenue) (Maryland Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Brookeville Academy. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 High Street, Brookeville MD 20833, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of 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); In This House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Madison House (about 700 feet away); Bentley House (about 700 feet away); Historic Brookeville (approx. 0.2 miles 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.)
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 48 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.