Hats off to historic Brookeville! It warmed the heart to see an overflow crowd of 265 — including Maryland’s governor — squeeze into the Inn at Brookeville Farms to attend a celebration of the town’s role in the War of 1812. (Could it have been the biggest gathering in the town’s long history?)
The event was billed as the Madison Supper and opened an observance of the night of Aug. 26, 1814, when President James Madison fled the British invasion of Washington, D.C., and found refuge in the Quaker village.
The observance is off to a roaring start! Costumed stand-ins for the beleaguered president and his party recounted the grievances that led to the war, with Gov. Martin O’Malley in the role of militia general. The dinner menu replicated a meal of the time. Neatest of all, that night the “president” slept in the same bedroom as had his real-life predecessor in Brookeville’s Madison House, as guest of event chairwoman Sandy Heiler and husband Duane.
Hats off to all!
Tom and Susan Fifer Canby, Clarksville
The writers are former Brookeville residents.