No public programs Monday August 25, 2014
The Park will be open but there will be no public programs on Monday August 25, 2014. Meet the Dairy Cow, the Wagon Ride, and Chicken & Egg programs will not be happening on this day. Please call the park at 301.839.1176 if you have any questions.
No public programs Wednesday August 27 through Saturday August 30, 2014
The Park will be open but there will be no public programs Wednesday August 27 through Saturday August 30, 2014. Programs will resume Sunday August 31, 2014. Please call the park at 301.839.1176 if you have any questions.
War Comes to Mount Welby
During the War of 1812, British troops fought a battle with American Soldiers near Bladensburg, Maryland. The battleground was about ten miles from Mount Welby, the 19th century name of the Oxon Hill Farm property, just east of the current boundaries of Washington D.C.
The British routed the American defenders and marched into the city. By 9 p.m. the U.S. Capitol was ablaze. Two hours later, British soldiers reached the White House and set it afire, along with the Treasury Building next door. Even closer, the Navy Yard in southwest Washington was put to the torch about 8 p.m. to keep ships, ammunition, sails, rope, and other supplies from the British. President James Madison, First Lady Dolly Madison, and many Washingtonians has fled the city only a few hours before.
In 1815, Mrs. DeButts related in a letter to her brother, Richard, her fears of being so close to the scene of the battle.
"The termination of the war has cheered the Hearts of thousands but its bitter consequences will long be severely felt. I cannot express to you the distress it has occasioned at the Battle of Bladensburg. We heard every fire (that place being not more than 5 or 6 miles from us). Our house was shook repeatedly by the firing upon forts & bridges, & illuminated by the fires in our Capital."
Did You Know?
An average dairy cow weighs about 1,400 pounds and can drink an average of 35 gallons of water a day -- the equivalent of a bathtub full of water! There are six cattle that live on Oxon Hill Farm.