Many Washington residents fleeing the British invasion in August 1814 converged on this quiet village. Brookeville also provided a haven for hungry soldiers as they headed for Baltimore following the American Defeat at Bladensburg.
On August 26, an exhausted President Madison arrived at the home of postmaster Caleb Bentley, where "all hands went to work to prepare supper and lodging for him" and his companions.
"It is against our principles to have anything to do with war, but we receive and relieve all who come to us." — Henrietta Bentley, quoted by Margaret Bayard Smith, August 1814
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