After more than 40 years of waiting, northern Montgomery County’s historic town of Brookeville recently received word that the Brookeville Bypass is included in the state’s budget. The bypass, which first hit the books in the 1970s, would alleviate the congested area of Georgia Avenue (Md. 97) in Brookeville and drive traffic to the west.
According to a recent piece in the Gazette, “the bypass would begin at a roundabout on Md. 97 near Longwood Recreation Center, pass through the west side of town, and then culminate in another roundabout on Brookeville Road, north of town.” The idea behind the bypass is to improve the flow of traffic on Georgia Avenue, ensure the safety of drivers, and further preserve the historic character of quaint, beautiful Brookeville.
Established in 1794 by Quakers, Brookeville was formally incorporated in 1808 and once stood as the nation’s capital for a day on Aug. 26, 1814 when President James Madison sought refuge in a home there during the War of 1812. The Brookeville Historic District, which includes structures on Market and High Streets, joined the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1970s.
There is a great Brookeville Walking Tour on the town’s website that will give you a peek into the flavor of the place with its old stone and brick buildings, brick sidewalks, curvy streets, large shady trees and rolling hills.
More news on the bypass is expected in the coming weeks as the Governor signs the budget and plans are made. Many hope the bypass will be finished by August 2014 in time to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Madison’s hunkering down in Brookeville as Washington burned.
While you’re checking out Brookeville, look just outside of the historic district for The Inn at Brookeville Farms. It is one of the area’s special event and fine dining gems where Executive Chef Paul Hajewski serves up top notch contemporary American cuisine. There is a great patio for outdoor dining and there are a variety of musical acts that set up shop for mid-dining entertainment.
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