Welcome to the Town of Brookeville
Founded by Richard Thomas in 1794, Brookeville is a historically significant 19th century rural settlement in Upper Montgomery County, Maryland, approximately 18 miles north of the District of Columbia. Covering approximately 60 acres, the Town consists of 55 individual properties and has an estimated population of 135 residents.
In 1814, as the British burned the capital, refugees from Washington and Georgetown poured into Brookeville and the townspeople took them into their homes. American soldiers leaving Bladensburg and militiamen on their way to Baltimore came to Brookeville, where the citizens gave them food and spirits and a place to camp and pasture their horses. Washington’s banks sent the specie and clerks brought the U.S. Senate’s papers to Brookeville for safekeeping. And finally, after being on the run in northern Virginia for two nights, the President of the United States and members of his Cabinet came to Brookeville, taking refuge at the home of its postmaster. The town became known as the “U.S. Capital for a Day.”
US Capital for a Day – 1814 Commemoration
A year of various commemoration events will culminate on August 30–31, 2014. Please visit uscapitalforaday.org to find out more.
History Symposium – Brookeville and the Burning of Washington – A Tale of Two Capitals
Save the date of March 29, 2014 where several historians are scheduled to speak about events in Washington and Brookeville during late August 1814. Talks will include detailed descriptions of the burning of Washington, the wider war in the Baltimore area, President Madison’s flight through Virginia before coming to Brookeville, and the details of events in Brookeville and the people who were involved. Click here for more information and to register.
Brookeville Historic House Tour – May 3, 2014
This is still in the planning stages. If you are interested in volunteering as a docent, please contact Sandy Heiler - firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Commission Meeting
The next meeting for the planning commission will be Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 pm at the Brookeville Academy.
Town Commissioners Meeting
The next meeting for the town commission will be Monday 10, March 4 at 8:00 pm at the Brookeville Academy. All meetings are open to the public.