Archives of Maryland
The Brookeville Tannery
Montgomery County, Maryland
Owned by Thomas Moore,
In 1806, Thomas
Moore purchased a two
acre parcel of land adjacent to Newlin's Mill at the edge of
Bentley for $23.75.1
By 1813, Moore had established a tannery on the property, which
significantly increased the property's value to $400.2
In 1818, Moore sold the tannnery to Henry Howard and William Woodward
for the hefty sum of $1,200.3
Under Howard and Woodward's ownership, the tannery employed three men
and three boys to produce sole and upper leather for shoes which they
sold for 25 to 30 cents per pound in 1820.4
Kyle Bacon, DAR
Research Fellow, 2012
For additional information, please see: MARYLAND
HISTORICAL TRUST (Inventory of Historic Sites) Brookeville Historic
District, M: 23-65, Montgomery County [MSA SE5-17391].
COUNTY COURT (Land Records) July 24, 1806, Deed, Caleb Bentley to
Thomas Moore, 2 acre parcel of land on "Addition to Brooke Grove,"
Liber M, pp. 694-695 [MSA CE 148-13].
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE TAX
(Assessment Record), 1813 Tax Assessment
(District 4), Lots and Houses in Brookeville, MdHR 20,115-3-1
[MSA C1110-3, 01/18/14/019]. The
values stated in tax assessments do not necessarily represent true
property values, and likely understate values significantly.
COUNTY COURT (Land Records)
September 29, 1818, Deed, Thomas Moore to Henry Howard and William
Woodward, two acre parcel of land on "Addition to Brooke Grove," Liber
U, pp. 273-274 [MSA CE 148-22].
- Fourth Census of
the United States, 1820, Manufactures (Washington, D.C.:
National Archives, 1965) p. 199, 22, 239.
Maryland State Archives