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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


William Pitzer Brown

William Pitzer brownWilliam Pitzer Brown was born in Ohio in 1861. He was one of the most adult buisnessmen

W. P.'s father, William Robert Brown, fought with the Union Army during the Civil War. He served as a Colonel of the Thirteenth West Virginia infantry. At the end of the Civil War he was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General. After the war ended, W. P.'s father moved the family to Independence, Kansas. To escape a difficult relationship, W. P. Brown left home at the age of 14.

W. P. worked at various jobs in Independence and Cherryvale, Kansas. He met his lovely wife-to-be Nancy from Ohio, when she was visiting relatives in Independence.

The Browns were married in Ohio but moved back to Independence to start a lumber business. They had two sons who died in infancy; a four-year-old son, William, died of pneumonia in 1898, and son Donald died at age 11. Violet was their only child who lived to adulthood.

The Browns moved to Coffeyville in 1890, and turned an old carpenter shop into a lumber company. Several years later, Brown smelled natural gas outside his company’s building and, six months later, he discovered one of the largest natural gas wells in the country. Brown went on to found the Coffeyville Mining and Gas Company and owned several other businesses in the area. Although plans were initiated in 1898, the Brown Mansion was not completed until 1906.