The Annmary Brown Memorial was commissioned by Colonel Rush C. Hawkins in memory of his wife who died in 1903. He described her as “the most truly refined, upright, unselfish, and beautiful character that I have ever known.” This neoclassical building opened its doors in 1907. Hawkins had long planned to build a library to house his collection of art and rare books, but following her death, he reconceived the original conception as both a repository for his treasures and an elegantly appointed crypt. Forty years later it was deeded to Brown University.
Inside the Memorial, you’ll find evidence of his life including his service in the Civil War, his art collection and of course, the side-by-side tombs where Hawkins and Annmary were laid to rest. In addition, you will see toy soldiers, a collection of British military swords, and Brown family portraits.
Hawkins decreed that each year on her birthday, Annmary’s grave should be adorned with a wreath of flowers, to be left there for a year. The practice continues to this day.
View the lovers’ crypt and admire the treasures from Hawkins’ art collection as well as swords and toy soldiers.
Doors Open Rhode Island is made possible in part through the support of Brown University.