Ashburn, Virginia, Battle of Bladensburg, Belmont Manor House, President James Madison, Rokeby, Virginia, U.S. Constitution

Ludwell Lee – The Host Of President Madison After The White House Burnt Down During Battle of Bladensburg

After the Battle of Bladensburg, which resulted in the burning of the White House during the War of 1812, Loudoun County served briefly as a refuge for the President and important federal government documents.

The United States Constitution and other federal papers were brought to Rokeby, near Leesburg, for safekeeping. President Madison established his headquarters at the Belmont Manor House, in present day Ashburn, Virginia, where he was the guest of Ludwell Lee.

The Magna Carta, U.S. Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution

The United States National Archives

In January 2018 I had the opportunity to visit the United States National Archives while I was with my older sister Linda Hamilton.

Construction for the U.S. National Archives began in 1931. During construction, President Franklin Dwight Roosevelt signed a law creating an archieve agency for the federal government. In present day the National Archieve’s holds the original copy of the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta.