MD Town Celebrates 200 Years As U.S. Capital For a Day
Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 07:16 PM EDT
It was exactly 200 years ago that the town of Brookeville, Maryland became the nation's capital for one day.
In 1814, there were only 15 houses and a couple of mills in Brookville. The families opened up their homes to save a nation. As the burning in Washington and British invasion took place, President James Madison and his staff sought refuge in the home of Caleb Bentley, Brookville's first Postmaster.
President Madison wrote letters to Congress and cabinet members with crucial messages that helped pull the nation together again. Important government papers were hidden in the floorboards of the historic home now called the Madison House.
The town of Brookeville will hold a bicentennial this weekend complete with 100 re-enactors.