Lesson Plan

A Question of Loyalties: Mount Welby During the War of 1812 (Political Systems)

drawing of the burning of washington viewed from mount welby
Mount Welby's residents view the burning of Washington during the summer of 1814.

Billie Rush

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
History, Maritime History, Political Science, War of 1812
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
National/State Standards:
Students will understand the historical development and current status of the fundamental concepts and processes of authority, power, and influence and the democratic skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible  citizens.


Oxon Cove Park has a rich history that includes the story of the Debutts, a British family that came to America in the late 1700s.  The  Debutts family finally settled on a hilltop overlooking the Potomac River that  today is known as Oxon Cove Park. It is from this hilltop that Mrs. DeButts witnessed the British capture of Alexandria and the Burning of Washington. The family even found Congreve Rockets on this hill!


Students will identify and explain the principles of the United States government expressed in stories, symbols, poems, songs, and landmarks. 

Students will interpret fiction and non-fiction passages about people, places, and events related to the American political system.


The DeButts of Mount Welby 

War Come to Mount Welby

A Question of Loyalties  

A Day and Night of Horrors

Rockets on the Hill

The Capture of Alexandria

 Ships in the River


Last updated: April 10, 2015