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Flight of the Madisons: Caleb Bentley/Madison House

Flight of the Madisons: Caleb Bentley/Madison House

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White House Historical Association (Matthew D'Agostino)

Flight of the Madisons: Caleb Bentley/Madison House

Caleb Bentley House in Brookeville, MD.

Built c. 1800, this Federal-style house in the Quaker settlement of Brookeville, Maryland, was owned by Quaker Caleb Bentley, a storekeeper and postmaster. The house served as a temporary Executive Mansion and it was here that on the night of August 26 President Madison learned that the British had abandoned Washington, and he ordered his cabinet to return to the city. Today the house is a private residence, and Brookeville is a residential historic district known as the "United States Capital for a Day."

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