Canary Cottage, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

Canary Cottage

Canary Cottage, Home of Dr. Brown.

Canary Cottage (ca. 1927) was the personal residence of Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown and was described in the 1935 school bulletin as "a Dutch Colonial bungalow type." It was furnished "to give students practical ideas on interior decoration." Dr. Brown hosted numerous teas and other social events in her home to provide students with training in cultured behavior. Canary Cottage was the model for the Carrie M. Stone Teachers' Cottage and the Massachusetts Congregational Women's Cottage, which were erected in 1948.

Grounds of Canary Cottage

Grounds of Canary Cottage

Canary Cottage - East Side Porch

Canary Cottage - East Side Porch

Canary Cottage - Living Room

Canary Cottage - Living Room

Canary Cottage - Library

Canary Cottage - Library


In January 2003, Dr. Iris Chapman's creative writing class from Elon University, near Burlington, NC, visited the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. Their assignment was "to write from the landmark," producing a creative, non-fiction essay with the site as a focus point. The students also read Diane Silcox-Jarrett's book, Charlotte Hawkins Brown: One Woman's Dream, for inspiration. Julia Whicker wrote about Canary Cottage, Dr. Brown's campus home.

Julia Whicker

From left to right: Tracey Burns-Vann, CHB site director; Mrs. Ruth Morris Totton, PMI faculty member; Julia Whicker; and Dr. Iris Chapman, Elon University.

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