The first mansion that was built in Providence, Rhode Island.
The John Brown House is very close to Brown University, and both are named after the original owner of the house. John Brown was one of the early benefactors of Brown University. The mansion showed the wealth and position of John Brown, who had a lucrative career as a slave trader, privateer, China trade merchant, and patriot. The house was built in the years 1786 - 1788. Visitors to the museum will learn important aspects of the social and cultural history at the time, and about how he and his brothers viewed slavery. See a real piece of history and learn about colonial and early American Providence. John Brown was an American abolitionist and advocated the use of armed insurrection to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. The museum has furniture, sculpture, artwork, silver, porcelain, textiles, and other original items. There are 18th-century wall maps that show a different worldview. Also on site is a fully restored 18th-century carriage. The carriage was known as the "Washington's Chariot" because George Washington used the carriage when he was visiting Rhode Island. The tour staff is very knowledgeable about many historical subjects, about the area and the role of the Revolution, the participation of slavery, and in the slave trade, as well. John Quincy Adams wrote about the John Brown House in his diary and wrote that it was "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent." The property is maintained by the Rhode Island Historical Society and is a Historic Landmark. Tours are given through guides and there are also audio tours.