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Patriot’s Day Cruise In

On September 10th, from 10AM to 4PM dozens of antique cars will descend on the grounds of Brown House to celebrate our First Responders. As part of the celebration, there will be a 50/50 Raffle, Refreshments for sale to benefit Brown House, and of course plenty of cars and car lovers. A $5 donation is suggested but not required to help with the ongoing rehabilitation of the House. If you were luck enough to be there last year you know it was quite an event!

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Brown House Open for Tours Eclipse Weekend 8/19-8/20/17 10-3pm

Brown House will be open for tours during Eclipse Weekend August 19 and 20 from 10am to 3pm each day. Admission for this event will be $5 (kids under 10 free) with proceeds going to support Brown House. Concessions will be available outside. Brown House merchandise will be for sale.  Join us to see the House and learn the story of this historic landmark!

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Help us with our Open House Eclipse Weekend

We will open the Brown House on Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20 from 10-3pm for the public to tour.

We are asking for help in staffing the house during this time. You will be assigned a specific role upon arrival depending on your preference and ability. Depending on the number of people who are signed up for that day, your shift may be shortened to allow others a break.

You can sign up for Saturday at SignUpGenius- Saturday  or for Sunday at  SignUpGenius- Sunday

Questions? Call 503.769.8860 or write

Thank you for your help!

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Hi. My name is Steve. I am the Rehab Coordinator for Brown House.

If you value historic houses like I do, continue reading.

I love Brown House. I have always loved houses. As a 10 year old, I remember pounding nails into boards to make patterns and building little forts. When I was a teen, I rebuilt by whole bedroom (a little geeky I know). But I think it was in my blood. My grandfather had built his house for his family on his own, and I always felt there was a connection, even though I hadn’t spent much time with him. But it was ingrained in me.

As an adult, I have owned 4 houses, and have rebuilt them all. Made them more functional if there had been bad remodels done in the past. Brought back the character of the house if it was of a particular style that had been lost through the years. I even switched careers to become a Residential Contractor so I could work on other people’s houses. It is my passion.

Now, the Brown House is my focus.

Now I get to help restore the Brown House. I am not the first to contribute to this project.  I feel lucky to carry on for those that have come before me. I can feel the history in the house, and want to contribute to making it possible for that history to carry on. So I volunteer my time to work on projects. I am on the Board of Trustees to work toward making the house sustainable. Through this blog, I hope to share some of the history of the house.  Some of the passion of those that came before me.  And of those of us who continue to work toward our end goal of making Brown House a community event destination.

If you value the history and character of this vanishing resource, follow this blog and join us on this phase of our stewardship of this historic gem.

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