Georgetown Refuge Historical

Georgetown Refuge Historical (HM1T5B)

Location: Washington, DC 20007
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.643', W 77° 3.302'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail-War of 1812

—Dumbarton House —

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
marched on Washington with devastating results.
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HM NumberHM1T5B
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 321819 N 4308876
Decimal Degrees38.91071667, -77.05503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.643', W 77° 3.302'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 38.58" N, 77° 3' 18.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1600-1698 26th St NW, Washington DC 20007, US
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