If These Walls Could Talk

“Texas’ Most Haunted City.”
“Texas’ Most Haunted City.”

Constructed in 1850, the Stillman House is one of the oldest standing structures in the Rio
Grande Valley.

It gets its name from Charles Stillman, a native of Connecticut who became a leading
merchant in Matamoros, Mexico, before the Mexican–American War. After the war,
Stillman – considered the founder of Brownsville – relocated across the border to seek new
commerce opportunities.

The Brownsville Historical Association has restored and operates the house as a museum.
The Stillman family contributed period furnishings, artifacts, and financial support to the

Here’s a fun fact – Brownsville has been called Texas’ Most Haunted city. And, every
October, I lead “Haunted Tours” of our historical downtown district. Upon departing the
Brownsville Heritage Museum, the Stillman House is always our first stop. Then, I share this
chilling story.

On Halloween night, several witnesses have seen a child’s ghostly face gazing from a
second-story window. It takes a few moments for the group to realize that there is no
second story!

Day or night, the Stillman House is worth a visit. Inside, it provides an impressive
19th Century experience, enhanced by the Brownsville Heritage Museum located
immediately adjacent. Admission entitles visitors access to both museums.