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Historic L. B. Brown House Museum

  • Address 470 L. B. Brown Avenue
    Bartow, Florida 33830
  • Hours
    9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Phone 863-944-6136

Visit Historic L. B. Brown House Museum

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This 1,700-square-foot, 9-room house was built by Lawrence B. Brown, a freed slave, in 1892. Born into slavery in 1856, Brown received very minimal formal education, if any. In spite of his underprivileged beginning, through hard work and perseverance, Brown became a highly respected community leader and relatively wealthy entrepreneur. By the late 1930s, his net worth would have been in excess of a half-million dollars in 2018.

In addition to its National Register of Historic Places listing, the home (and its builder) are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Visitors to the home have been pleasantly surprised to see and read Brown's entries in his personal ledger books dating back to the 1890s. Brown's story is supported by official documentation, personal records, a number of personal artifacts, and his beautiful historic house. Supplement your visit to this site with a professionally shot video about Brown's home, life, and legacy. about Brown's home, life, and legacy.

For a tour of the interior of the dwelling, please call (863) 944-6136 to arrange an appointment.

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