Mariah Brown was born in the Bahamas in 1851. She immigrated to the United States in 1880. By 1885, Mrs. Brown was living in Key West with her three daughters on Emma Street and doing laundry.
Charles Peacock of the famous Peacock Inn, hired Mrs. Brown in ~1890 to come to Coconut Grove and work in his hotel. Not too long after her arrival, she purchased the land for $50 and built herself a home on Evangelist Street, which is now Charles Avenue. This area became the heart of the Bahamian District.
MARIAH BROWN HOUSE
This one-and-one-half story Frame Vernacular house is located at 3298, on Charles Avenue in Coconut Grove and was constructed ~1890 by one of Coconut Grove's first African-Bahamian resident Mariah Brown.
The Brown residence is typical of the wooden houses built in Key West and the Bahamas in the late 1800s. The shotgun style homes are typically long and narrow with two rooms and doors on either end.
Charles Avenue is one of the earliest settlements in Coconut Grove. Mariah immigrated to Florida in 1880, was working at the Peacock Inn when she built this house within walking distance of the hotel. The Brown residence is typical of the wooden houses built in Key West and the Bahamas in the late 1800s.