Born on Christmas, he helped found Eastpoint

Herbert Brown

Florida Memory Project Herbert “Egg” Brown

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM.

Herbert Gardner "Egg" Brown was a founding father of Eastpoint.

Born on Christmas day 1883 near Winchester, Virginia, he was 14 years old when his family traveled down the Chattahoochee River in 1898 to settle in Franklin County.

Egg Brown’s parents, Quakers David H. Brown and his wife Rebecca Wood Brown, migrated to Nebraska with 3-month-old Herbert in 1884. In 1896, they traveled by mule drawn wagon to Muscogee County, Georgia, with several families and organized as the Christian Commonwealth on a 4,000 acre plantation.

Social reformers, the colony sought to form a cooperative and share the wealth among its members. Two years later, discouraged and disillusioned, the Browns and five other families left Georgia and traveled down the Chattahoochee River to Apalachicola where they settled across the Apalachicola Bay on the strip of land called Eastpoint.

Herbert Brown spent his life in Eastpoint where became a revered and beloved member of the community. In 1983, the former Brown Elementary School was named for him at the request of the Eastpoint Lions Club. Brown died a year later, August 1, 1984, at 100 years of age.

Over the years, Brown was a farmer, school board member, water and soil conservation district member, prison mail clerk and school teacher.

He shared the job of postmaster with his sister Elizabeth, with the two siblings having inherited the position from their mother, Eastpoint’s first postmaster. When she died in 1938, Brown took on the task of sorting mail unofficially.

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