The Brooke Mansion was built in 1888 by Edward Brooke II as a wedding present for his bride, Ann Louise Clingan. Brooke's ancestors emigrated to the United States from Yorkshire, England, in 1698. They acquired land in Birdsboro soon after their arrival and by 1800 had taken over the former Bird family assets in the Hay Creek area and Hopewell Furnace in Elverson. Through the iron industry the E. and G. Brooke Co. gained power, wealth and influence.

Known for his expressive designs, as one of the most inventive architects of his period, Frank Furness was commissioned by Edward Brooke. All fireplaces have a personality of their own and contain floral patterns designed by Furness. The cast iron work in the doors and windows as well as the fireplaces was produced at the Brooke foundry. Elaborate displays of fine ornate, wood craftsmanship and creative architectural design are found throughout the mansion. All woodwork is original, and many of the materials were imported from Europe.

The Brooke Mansion stands as a lone symbol of the Brooke dynasty that shaped the course of local history in this small rural community for more than 200 years.

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