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

Watching the Flames

Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail-War of 1812

 

—Tudor Place —

 
Watching the Flames Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
1. Watching the Flames Marker
Inscription. On August 24, 1814, as word spread that the British were coming, Dr. William Thornton and his wife Anna Marie fled their downtown F Street home and took refuge here at Tudor Place, home of their friend Martha Parke Custis Peter. That night, Mrs. Thornton wrote, they looked out a window and “witnessed the conflagration of our poor undefended and devoted city.” Although only approximately 20 non-military structures were in flames, the scene must have been especially painful for Dr. Thornton, who had designed the U.S. Capitol as well as Tudor Place.

Saving Georgtown
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)
Dr. William Thornton and Anna Marie Thornton-Oils by Gilbert Stuart National Gallery of Art.
 
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior

Watching the Flames Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
2. Watching the Flames Marker
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.7′ N, 77° 3.758′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 31st Street NW. Touch for map. The location of the marker is on the left side of the fence near the entrance gate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1644 31st Street NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
 
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); The Original Georgetown Reservoir (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emma V. Brown Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Tudor Place-Historic House and Garden-Entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
3. Tudor Place-Historic House and Garden-Entrance sign
200 years of American history await you in one of the nation's first National Historic Landmarks, home to descendants of Martha Washington from 1805-1983.
Tudor Place-map of the property image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
4. Tudor Place-map of the property
Tudor Place-Historic House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
5. Tudor Place-Historic House
Tudor Place-entrance gate image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 16, 2016
6. Tudor Place-entrance gate
View of Georgetown as it Appeared around 1814 Watercolor by Rebecca Nourse, Dumbarton House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
7. View of Georgetown as it Appeared around 1814 Watercolor by Rebecca Nourse, Dumbarton House
Close-up of image on marker
Dr. William Thornton by Gilbert Stuart - National Gallery of Art image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
8. Dr. William Thornton by Gilbert Stuart - National Gallery of Art
Close-up of image on marker
Anna Maria Thornton by Gilbert Stuart - National Gallery of Art image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
9. Anna Maria Thornton by Gilbert Stuart - National Gallery of Art
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 135 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 18, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   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.
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