The History Behind it All
Where it Started
Upon his immigrating from London, England, George Brown had this home built in the 1800s to allow him to spin cotton. Given its' name, Water Street is built over the stream that powered his cotton mill. The home faces now Madison County Courthouse on the gentle rise that overlooks downtown Richmond, Kentucky.
A New Name
After his daughter married, Brown gave her and her husband, Solomon Smith, the house which gave way to the homes' other name.
One of Mount Pleasant's significant uses was during the Civil War when it was sought out as refuge for both confederate and union soldiers for medical care as a hospital. The confederate victory of the Battle of Richmond had over 4,000 Union prisoners. Upon the end, the captured union soldiers were taken to the home to be questioned.
Rescue in the Making
In 2013, the Kentucky Trust for Historical Restoration, the City of Richmond, the Madison County School District, and people of the community, while assisted by the Richmond Rotary Club gathered to embark on an effort to restore this once important, historical place.