Historic Vienna, Inc. is pleased to offer our War of 1812 exhibit at the Freeman Store and Museum! Suzanne Traut and Benny Vuong, two local volunteers who stepped forward to help Historic Vienna share history at the Freeman House, have completed an excellent display which deserves our attention. Learn how James and Dolley Madison fled from the city of Washington in August of 1814 and headed into Virginia to escape the advance by the British, who approached up the Chesapeake Bay and fought through Bladensburg, Maryland and then into Washington itself. You will find complete descriptions covering many aspects of this war that happened 200 years ago.
This exhibit has increased in size recently and there is much to learn by reading each panel and viewing the graphics. With so much happening during this period in our nation’s history, there is a perfect opportunity here for our emerging historians at our local schools to attend this exhibit and author their own understanding of this event into school projects for credit.
Signed copies of local author, Carole Herrick’s book “August 24, 1814: Washington in Flames” is available for sale in the Freeman Store. This book accurately describes the events surrounding the attack by the British on Washington and Carole has graciously allowed us to use two maps with descriptions from her book in this exhibit.