This Colonial Revival house designed by renowned architect Frank T. Lent was built circa 1900 for James Roland Brown, Barrister, and his wife Lina. It features shingle cladding, a gable roof, wide third story dormer, pedimented porticos extending into an expansive covered verandah and second floor balustrades with decorative urns. Inside, wood trim and floors, massive pocket doors, leaded and stained glass windows, a unique bowed window and decorative hardware of copper, brass and iron speak to an era of expert craftsmanship and creativity in designing fine homes. Original photos taken in the house demonstrate that these features have endured over the past century.

Brown's Manor History

The house was built on land severed from the Johnson farm and the original Johnson farm house (c 1835) is located next door to Brown's Manor. Archival records indicate that James acquired the land in 1893/94, and it is thought that his house was built soon after.

In 1909, the house was purchased by RGK Hepburn. The house was sold again in 1912, and was owned by members of the same family until 2005.

Brown's Manor History


Historical Resources

If you have a special interest in exploring more of the historical aspects of Prince Edward County, the following resources can be found :

  • experience one (or all) of several self guided walking tours of Picton, highlighting architectural features and historical details of residential and commercial neighbourhoods.
  • visit the Archives, located in the historic Court House and County Jail.
  • contact the Marilyn Adams Research Genealogical Centre (www.quinte-kin.com).
  • explore the museums and historical exhibits of the County.
  • visit a local library or book store to access the many books written about the varied facets of the County's history, including architecture, settlement, commercial enterprises and even enduring local tales and folk lore.

Brown's Manor