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Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Georgetown Refuge

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail-War of 1812

 

—Dumbarton House —

 
Georgetown Refuge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
1. Georgetown Refuge Marker
Inscription. In 1814 this was the home of the Charles Carroll family, fiends of President James Madison and his wife, Dolley. Carroll came to the President’s House on August 24, as Madison was returning from the defeat at Battle of Bladensburg. Soon word arrived that Dolley should save what she could and flee the city. Piling into carriages, Dolley, family, and servants set off for the relative safety of Georgetown, stopping to collect the family of U.S. Navy Secretary William Jones before arriving here.

“Our kind friend, Mr. Carroll, has come to hasten my departure, and is in a very bad humor with me because I insist on waiting until the large picture of Gen. George Washington is secured.”
Dolley Madison to her sister, August 24, 1814.

Escape to Virginia
Soon President Madison sent a second message to his wife instructing her and Navy Secretary Jones to meet him at Wiley’s Tavern, Virginia. Dolley’s entourage fled west to safety, crossing the Little Falls of the Potomac River on Chain Bridge as the British arrived from the east.

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

Georgetown Refuge Marker and the gardens image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
2. Georgetown Refuge Marker and the gardens
marched on Washington with devastating results.
 
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.643′ N, 77° 3.302′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Q Street NW. Touch for map. The marker is located on the south east corner of the property as you enter into the gardens toward the Mansion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2715 Q Street NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dumbarton House (within shouting distance of this marker); Herring Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evermay (about 800 feet away); Margaret Peters and Roumania Peters Walker (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lillie Mackall (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church, Georgetown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Philip Jaisohn, 1864-1951 (approx. ¼ mile away); Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. PoliticsWar of 1812
 
Dumbarton House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
3. Dumbarton House
Welcome to Dumbarton House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
4. Welcome to Dumbarton House
Text on the Welcome sign-Dumbarton House is a Federal period home built in 1799 by Samuel Jackson. Joseph Nourse, the first Registrar of the Treasury who served under six presidents, resided here from 1804 to 1813. Through the interpretation of its historic site and collections, Dumbarton House promotes the understanding of historic preservation and of the early history of our nation. In 1928 the house was purchased by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) to serve as a museum and as the NSCDA headquarters.
Entrance sign to Dumbarton House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
5. Entrance sign to Dumbarton House
Street view of the Dumbarton House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
6. Street view of the Dumbarton House
Both of the bronze plaques on the entrance wall have been published on HMDB.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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