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 Esther Bowring, Community Relations Manager   240.777.6513
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 August 30 & 31: weekend public celebration to mark 200th anniversary of Brookeville being US Capital for a day


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. Motorists can expect some delays in and around Brookeville in connection with these events. The town is situated on upper Georgia Avenue/MD97.

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.”

For more information, see the County's press release.


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