A Look at the Historic Stillman House

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The Stillman House was built by prominent resident Henry Miller in 1850, Charles Stillman moved into the house with his wife around the same time that he founded the city of Brownsville. 

“All of his preliminary operations in terms of the founding of the river boats and all of his partnerships with these magnanimous people those were actually consummated right here in this house,” said Eugene Fernandez, Historic Brownsville Museum Manager. 

Many items from the Stillman House are originally from the 19th century including a parlor set which was donated from the Webb-Martinez Estate. 

The history from the Stillman home goes beyond borders.

In 1858 Miller sold the house to Manuel Trevino and it turned into the Mexican Consulate.

Right next the house, Trevino and Porfirio Diaz secretly plotted to overthrow the Mexican President Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada. 

“That was where he had his famous meeting where he organized to go back into Mexico to claim power,” Fernandez said. 

Diaz eventually became president of Mexico for more than 30 years.

The Trevino family sold the home after 100 years to the great grandson of Charles Stillman.

The house was then donated to the Brownsville Historical Association where it remains as a public museum since 1960.

Most of the antique furniture inside the museum was donated by the Stillman family. 
 

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