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Thomas and Ophelia Brown Home

Thomas and Ophelia Brown Home at 300 W. Prospect Avenue

This cross-gabled, hip-roofed home may have been the first building constructed of brick in Appleton.  In 1856, Thomas Brown, who owned this home, was credited with erecting the first brick building in the city.  Brown had moved to Appleton two years before.  By 1863, he was the owner of a pump manufacturing operation. 

In 1877, Ophelia became the first woman teacher (called a “preceptress” at the time) at Lawrence University.  Three years later, she married Thomas and became a university trustee.  By 1891, the Browns sold the home to John Whorton who lived across the street.  Whorton acquired the house for his daughter Eliza Powell and her husband.

Hearthstone's Historic Tours of Appleton: Victorian and Edwardian Homes of Prospect Avenue 1849-1919
  1. "Hearthstone" The Home of Henry and Cremora Rogers
  2. Charles and Mina Pfennig Home
  3. Nathan and Virginia Morgan Home
  4. Theodore and Cynthia Conkey Residence
  5. Cynthia Conkey Home
  6. Paul Hackbert Home
  7. George Hogriever Home
  8. Jacob and Elizabeth Wolf Home
  9. William and Francis Sheer Home
  10. Ephraim and Louise Goff Home
  11. Raymond and Jean Bertschy Home
  12. John and Martha Whorton Home
  13. William Grant Whorton / John Van Nortwick Home
  14. Edward and Amanda West Home
  15. Henry and Emily Holbrook Home
  16. Thomas and Ophelia Brown Home
  17. Thomas Pearson Home
  18. 1880 Home
  19. Anthony Hoeffel and James and Mary Ritchey Home
  20. Joseph and Henrietta Plank Home
  21. George and Mary Potts Home
  22. Frank and Mary Slattery Home
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