Historical Association Celebrates 207th Birthday

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A Historical Association celebrates a prominent figure in the creation of Brownsville.

On November 4th there will be free admission to The Historic Brownsville Museum and the Stillman House Museum in honor of the 207th birthday celebration of Charles Stillman.

If you visit downtown Brownsville odds are you’ve passed by both buildings.

They’re iconic parts of the Brownsville’s history and this weekend a special celebration is underway.

The Brownsville Historical Association is celebrating Charles Stillman, the founder of what is now the City of Brownsville.

Tara Putegnat Director for the Brownsville Historical Association says, “He helped develop Brownsville after the Mexican American war. Helped plan the city, plot it out and bought several parcels of land near fort Brown First and then developed the rest of downtown.

The Stillman House was built in 1851. It was Stillman’s home, but now it’s a museum. Today visitors can take a look at life in early Brownsville.

“It’s the oldest original brick structures in brownsville,” says Putegnat, “he lived here with his wife and two of his children.”

From 1810 to 2017, This association remembers this historic figure. On November 4th they plan to share the celebration with the community.

“we’ll have a birthday cake commemorating Charles Stillman’s birthday,” says Putegnat.  

Happy Birthday Charles. Brownsville would not be the same without you.

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