A Refuge

A Refuge (HM1G3F)

Location: Brookeville, MD 20833 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 10.818', W 77° 3.512'

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Many Washington residents fleeing the British invasion in August 1814 converged on this quiet village. Brookeville also provided a haven for hungry soldiers as they headed for Baltimore following the American Defeat at Bladensburg.

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.
HM NumberHM1G3F
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Year Placed2014
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 2:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322193 N 4338803
Decimal Degrees39.18030000, -77.05853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 10.818', W 77° 3.512'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 10' 49.08" N, 77° 3' 30.72" W
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Area Code(s)301
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-27 MD-97, Brookeville MD 20833, US
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