Florida’s Most Historic – and Beloved – Dog

Brownie the town dog of Daytona Beach Florida

Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach was a stray dog who lived in downtown Daytona Beach from 1939 until his death in 1954. He lived in a custom dog house, had a bank account in the Florida Bank & Trust and dined on steak and ice cream. He had no owner and was loved by the entire city. Brownie was featured in local and national publications and became one of the most written about dogs in US history.

Read Brownie’s full life story.

Brownie’s Grave

Brownie’s grave is one of the most visited dog memorials in the world and has been honored as:

NEWS: In early 2018, Brownie’s grave will undergo a renovation and will become the Brownie the Town Dog Memorial.

Brownie’s grave is located in historic downtown Daytona Beach’s Riverfront Park, near the Halifax River, on the corner of Orange Avenue and Beach Street.

The dogs come out to celebrate Brownie in Daytona Beach.

The dogs come out to celebrate Brownie in Daytona Beach.
The dogs come out to celebrate Brownie in Daytona Beach.

The Brownie Museum

The Brownie Museum is an ongoing project to digitize all the artifacts in the Brownie the Town Dog collection at the Halifax Historical Museum (which is housed in the former home of Brownie’s bank!), pre-internet publications that are no longer in print, and those in private collections. This project is far more than just pulling together all the pieces of a dog’s life; it’s a fascinating look into the lives of Daytona Beach residents in the 1940s and 1950s and the role Brownie played in the City’s day-to-day life.

View the Brownie Museum

Brownie's Obituary for November 1, 1954 Daytona Beach News Journal.
Brownie the Town Dog’s obituary appeared on November 1, 1954 in the Daytona Beach News Journal. Note that he is listed as being 20 years old, but the dates on his grave indicate he was 15.