Success, ambition and glamour dominate this block of
Benefit Street. John Brown became wealthy from his
family’s shipping business, which included privateering,
the Triangular Slave Trade and the China Trade. This
luxurious house, one of the grandest in the United
States, played host to presidents George Washington,
Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams. John
Nicholas Brown, a great collector and preservationist,
bought his great-great-great uncle’s house and
donated it in 1942 to the R.I. Historical Society which
now operates the house as a museum.
April – November
Tuesdays-Fridays, 1:00-4:00pm with guided tours at 1:30 and 3:00pm and audio tours available until 3:30pm
Saturdays, 10:00-4:00pm, with guided tours at 10:30, 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00pm and audio tours available until 3:30pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00-4:00pm, guided tours at 10:30, 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00pm and audio tours available until 3:30pm
The Benefit Street tour is offered 5 days a week until the end of October.