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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.

In the News -
Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Opens for Business
Sandy Heiler and Ruth Chacon, town residents are both quoted in the article and are in the short video.

New President of Commissioners
Congratulations to our new President of Commissioners, Katherine Farquhar.  Katherine became the new president at the June commissioners meeting to replace outgoing president, Michael Acierno.

Planning Commission Meeting
The next meeting for the planning commission will be Tuesday,August 5 at 7:30 pm at the Brookeville Academy.

Final Informational Meeting for Bicentennial: Monday, August 11 at 7:00 pm

Town Commissioners Meeting – Date Change for August
The next meeting for the town commission will be Monday, August 18 at 7:00 pm at the Brookeville Academy.  All meetings are open to the public.