Rhode Island's most famous 18th-century home was the stately residence of John Brown, a wealthy businessman, slave trader, politician, and China Trade merchant. Finished in 1788, John Brown's three-story brick mansion was designed by his brother Joseph Brown, who also designed the First Baptist Meeting House. The stately house is a perfect example of late-Georgian-early-Federal design and made quite the impression on John Quincy Adams, who called it "the most magnificent
and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent." An ardent patriot, John Brown was a famous participant in the burning of the British customs ship Gaspee in 1772. Guided tours are given every 90 minutes.
May 13, 2009
Very pleasing Georgian-style house with a later Victorian era add-on (you mostly see the older part of the dwelling). Has plenty of furniture and personal effects, plus a small pre-tour display area. Tour is thoroughly detailed (about 90 minutes) and very informative. Tour times limited, check before you go.