Historic L.B. Brown House

L.B. Brown Festival

Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017
All Day

Bartow's Annual L.B. Brown Festival celebrates the life and achievements of Lawrence B. Brown with jazz, gospel and contemporary music, dancers, storytellers, and more.

Festivities include:

  • Youth Leadership Awards
  • "Back in the Day" Demonstrations
  • Senior Citizens Activities
  • Morning History Lecture and Panel Audience Discussion
  • Music, Dancers, Singers
  • Steppers, Open Mic, Fashion Show
  • Gospel Program

The Historic L. B. Brown House was built in 1892 by Lawrence B. Brown, who was born into slavery in 1856. The construction date of this beautiful little mansion is closely tied to the history of Bartow. Included in the house are several personal artifacts, along with excerpts from Mr. Brown business diary. Lawrence Brown was a self-taught master carpenter and entrepreneur. He became one of the area’s most prominent businessmen, and was named as a “Great Floridian.” The house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You may also be interested Historic L.B. Brown House and Museum, Polk County History Center or Bartow.