Staff from the Gunn Historical Museum in Washington recently visited to the town’s senior center to read a paper from its archives. Staff read “Reminiscences of Dr. Orlando Brown,” which was written by Brown’s wife, Martha Pomeroy Whittlesey in 1912. Brown was born in 1827 in Groton. A diligent student, he taught district school at age 16 during the day while studying medicine at night. During the Civil War, Brown was a surgeon and later the commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Virginia. In 1868, he came to Washington to practice medicine, replacing the late Dr. Remus Fowler. Above, Brown is shown on Kirby Road circa 1880. If you have a “Flashback” photo you’d like to share, contact Deborah Rose at or 860-355-7324.