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For Immediate Release: 8/14/2014
Weekend Public Celebration to Mark 200th Anniversary of Brookeville being US Capital for a Day; County Executive, Governor to Participate in Re-enactment

The Quaker Town of Brookeville, located in upper Montgomery County near the Howard County border about 20 miles north of the District of Columbia, played a significant role in local and national history during the British occupation of Washington in the War of 1812.

Before the invasion, Washingtonians – including President James Madison and his staff – sought refuge in the town on August 26, 1814, thereby making Brookeville the “United States Capital for a Day.” In addition to the President staying overnight, Washington’s banks brought their money and a Senate clerk brought the government’s documents to Brookeville for safekeeping.

This year, in commemoration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial and Brookeville’s role as US Capital for a Day, visitors and local residents can relive that historic period during a weekend-long, free event, in and around the town, on Saturday, August 30, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, August 31, from noon to 6 p.m.

County Executive Ike Leggett and Governor Martin O’Malley will participate in the re-enactment, scheduled each day, of President Madison’s stay in Brookeville. Leggett will portray Attorney General Richard Rush and O’Malley, General John Mason.

Attendees can experience life in 1814, witness the arrival of President Madison, accompanied by a mounted Presidential Guard, and watch living history demonstrations. On Saturday evening, a traditional Quaker supper will be served. Special tours, technology exhibits, children’s activities, a military encampment, craft demonstrations, period food and libations, shopping, etc. will also mark the celebration.

For more information, call 240-205-2387 or visit

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Release ID: 14-308
Media Contact: Bonnie Ayers 240-777-6507

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