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If These Walls Could Talk

Constructed in 1850, the Stillman House is one of the oldest standing structures in the Rio Grande Valley.

It gets its name from Charles Stillman, a native of Connecticut who became a leading merchant in Matamoros, Mexico, before the Mexican–American War. After the war, Stillman – considered the founder of Brownsville – relocated across the border to seek new
commerce opportunities.

The Brownsville Historical Association has restored and operates the house as a museum. The Stillman family contributed period furnishings, artifacts, and financial support to the project.

Here’s a fun fact – Brownsville has been called Texas’ Most Haunted city. And, every October, I lead “Haunted Tours” of our historical downtown district. Upon departing the Brownsville Heritage Museum, the Stillman House is always our first stop. Then, I share this
chilling story.

On Halloween night, several witnesses have seen a child’s ghostly face gazing from a second-story window. It takes a few moments for the group to realize that there is no second story!

Day or night, the Stillman House is worth a visit. Inside, it provides an impressive 19th Century experience, enhanced by the Brownsville Heritage Museum located immediately adjacent. Admission entitles visitors access to both museums.

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