U.S. Capital for a Day


Schedule for Bicentennial Celebration
Labor Day Weekend 2014

Saturday, August 30,2014: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
& Sunday, August 31, 2014: 12:00 –6:00 p.m.

For detailed information on the road closings, click here and go to this page. ​

For more information, call 301-570-4465

The historic celebration will be supervised by the Montgomery County Police, with all day road closings of Rt. 97 and Market St.  Detour routes will be clearly marked to take traffic around the town.  Guests of  the Inn at Brookeville Farms will be allowed entry.

Shuttle buses will bring visitors to town from the Glenmont Metro Station (12501 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring), Camp Bennett (20501 Georgia Avenue, Brookville), and Medstar Montgomery Medical Center’s construction lot (across from 18101 Prince Phillip Drive, Olney) to the Longwood Community Center on the south side of town, and to a private residence with a circular driveway near Brookeville Rd. and Rt. 97 on the north side of town.  Parking is free at Camp Bennett and the Medical Center.  No dogs will be allowed on the shuttle buses, except for service dogs.

The shuttle stop at Medstar is also the home of the Olney Farmer’s Market on Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.

The shuttles at Camp Bennett and the Medical Center are handicapped accessible. Golf carts will be used to take participants from the shuttle stops to activities if attendees are unable to walk it.  A shuttle will also take visitors from the Brookeville Rd. shuttle stop to Oakley Cabin further down Brookeville Road for tours.

Cyclists are welcome but will need to walk their bikes through town, once they pass through the road closures.

During day (concurrent with other activities) scheduled demonstrations with repetitions

Living Historians – re-enact roles of scientists, engineers, tradesmen, craftsmen, teachers, etc., who lived in Brookeville in August 1814, led by Robert Urban, a nationally recognized medical re-enactor and expert in 18th and 19th century medical instruments and procedures. Urban will be demonstrating such surgical procedures as amputations, brain surgery, urology surgery, wound preparation and bloodletting at his makeshift field hospital during the event.

Considered one of the best medical reenactors in the country, he is often called upon as an expert for film and television. Urban has a rare and large collection of period medical instruments he will use to demonstrate these surgical techniques on medical mannequins.

Craft Demonstrations – period wool yarn making, weaving, cooking, laundry, shoemaking, blacksmithing, etc.

Co-Ed Schoolroom in 1814 – upstairs in Brookeville Academy

Mill and Other Technology Exhibits – how the Thomas Mill worked and others (surveying, astronomy, highway engineering, etc.)

Town tour – period dress interpreters at each building/site in use in 1814

Souvenirs – Madison coins; old books; period toys; period dresselements (hats, fans); and, bottled Brookeville Capital Hard Cider to go

Book Signings – (in Brookeville Academy) Steve Vogel: “Through the Perilous Fight;” Peter Snow: “When Britain Burned the White House;” Ralph Eshelman: “In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake;”  and,  “A Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake;” Jane Sutcliffe: “The Burning of the White House” (for young adults); and,  Marc Leepson: “What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life”

Food/Drink – provided by Salem Church on lawn and street vendors. The Inn at Brookeville Farms will host the “Brookeville Capital Ale by Heavy Seas & Brookeville Capital Hard Cider by  Distillery Lane Ciderworks” Garden and serve grilled foods and ice cream.  Tickets for evening dinners will be sold at Welcome Centers and the Brookeville Academy.

Post Office/Welcome Center – downstairs in the Brookeville Academy

Games for children – stories by the Twinbrook Tellers and a Singalong with Aldona Joseph & Toni Ward — the driveway of 204 Market Street

Archaeological Sand Pit – open kids’ zone, seeded with artifacts- next to mill race

Storytelling & Singalong - at the driveway at 204 Market Street

Welcome Centers - at shuttle destinations at Longwood Park and on W. Market St. & Brookeville Rd.


Throughout the day at various times

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Military units arrive and are fed.  Some (including Maj. Ridgeley) stay and join the encampment behind the Madison house.

11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Refugees from Washington and Georgetown arrive by wagon, coach or horseback and are welcomed by Brookeville’s citizens

11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Gold and silver from commercial banks, U.S. Senate papers arrive by wagon or coach and are stored at the post office.

Ft. McHenry fife and drum.

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tours of historic Oakley Cabin on Brookeville Rd.  Catch the shuttle from Welcome Center on Georgia Ave

Throughout the day and overnight

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and overnight.
Military encampment near Reedy Branch.  Campfires,storytelling, musical entertainment, etc.; pasture horses nearby

Late afternoon 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

President Madison’s party with mounted guard travel up Georgia Ave. and Market St. to final destination of host, Caleb Bentley

Muster 2:30; ride 3:30-4:00

4:40 p.m.
Flag ceremony (performed by Ft. McHenry personnel) on playing fields in front of Longwood

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Authentic Quaker Period Dinner
– Longwood Community Center under tent, including townspeople, refugees, military re-enactors, and the public. Quaker menu & musical entertainment by Ship’s Company (The Shantymen). Tickets $22 pp, $11 children under 12, and free to children under 3.  A limited number of tickets are available for purchase on site.  Brookeville Capital Hard Cider & Brookeville Capital Ale sold separately.

After dinner

President Madison takes shelter at Caleb Bentley’s


12:00-6:00 p.m.
200-year family reunion of Brookeville descendants in August 1814–townspeople, refugees, military (from Bladensburg, en route to Baltimore), Academy trustees

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tours of historic Oakley Cabin on Brookeville Rd.  Catch the shuttle from Welcome Center on Georgia Ave

1:00 p.m.
Gen. James Monroe arrives (by horse)

1:00–2:30 p.m.
President’s party leaves to return to Washington
with James Monroe, stopping first for a meal, the BBQ, with the refugees and townspeople

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.                                                                                                       Period Entertainment—New Old Theater
Brookeville BBQ - Open to the public at Longwood Community Center under tent. Tickets $10 pp – limited number available for purchase on site; soft drinks, Brookeville Capital Hard Cider & Brookeville Capital Ale sold separately.