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March 1 thru November 24
    Tuesday thru Saturday
    Guided Tours: 1 pm & 3 pm
    Tours are on the hour
    Check in 15 minutes early
    CLOSED Sunday & Monday

January and February
    Closed for cleaning

Please see Events and Closings on the Welcome Page for Special Events and closings.

The Brown Mansion is a
wonderful venue for your
upcoming meetings or any
special events. Contact our
Event Coordinator,
Linda Follett, at
620.688.2042 to
schedule your event today!

Brown Mansion
P.O Box 843
South Walnut & Eldridge
Coffeyville, Kansas 67337

Chamber of Commerce
P. 620.251.2550
Brown Mansion

P. 620.251.0431
P. 620.688.2042


Violet Brown Kohler

Violet BrownViolet Elizabeth Brown was born in 1885 in Port Washington, Ohio. Shortly after her birth her parents moved to Coffeyville. At the age of 19, Violet married a man from the Wichita Eagle family. They divorced not long after their first and only child, a little boy, died.

Violet was what today people would call an independent woman; she traveled the world, had a second marriage and divorce, and went to college. Her second husband, Gustav Koher, was a businessman from Los Angeles. He claimed that his family was in the chocolate business. When they divorced Violet kept his name and moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma to become a librarian. In the mid 1930's she moved back to Coffeyville to take care of her ill parents. When they died, they left the mansion to Violet.

Since the depression had such a great effect on her family’s fortune, there was not enough money for the upkeep. So, in 1970, in ill health, Violet decided to sell the mansion to the Coffeyville Historical Society to use as a museum. She took just what she needed and moved into a nursing home in Independence, Kansas. Violet lived there until her death on November 16, 1973, at the age of 88.