Research revealed that the house was a rectangular wood-frame building with an addition. Other structures included a smokehouse and a chicken coop.
Artifacts included large quantities of ceramic dish and glass bottle fragments, representing a variety of decorative types and products from across the region and the nation. These materials indicated that the Browns had access to a wide range of goods. They had the ability to purchase national brands and some of the "in-style" dishes of the time.
Toys were numerous: porcelain dolls, tea set fragments, and glass marbles. James and Martha Brown’s eight children would have used and discarded these items. The presence of these objects indicated that the family had some disposable income. Other artifacts, such as brass buttons, a locket, harmonica parts, and a gold-plated ring, suggested that the Browns were able to purchase some luxury goods despite the economic challenges of the late nineteenth century.