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The Brown House is a building and interior within Rapidan Camp in the Skyline Valley region of Appalachia.

Background[]

The Brown House was built during the administration of Herbert Hoover, 21st president of the United States of America, to serve as his and his wife Lou Henry's summer retreat in Shenandoah National Park. It was named for its color, being a brown wood cabin, in reference to the similarly-named White House in Washington, D.C..[1] When Hoover's term ended, he donated the camp to the executive wing of the government for use by future presidents, and as such was kept under guard by the U.S. military.

Over the years, a Mister Handy, Gumley, was assigned to be its caretaker and groundskeeper, programmed to give out historical facts when prompted. It also continued to serve, occasionally, as a presidential retreat, although no presidents had visited the cabin for "quite some time" at the time of the Great War. According to Gumley, several Cabinet under secretaries were stationed at the Brown House on the day of the Great War, but he has not seen them in a long time.[2]

At some point before the war, a bunker complex was built underneath the Rapidan Camp, with an entrance to the bunker in the basement of the Brown House. Access to this bunker was strictly overseen by the military, with a proper government ID needed for entry. However, as of 2105, the bunker entrance has been blocked, and remote access to the bunker is disabled.[3]

Layout[]

Notable loot[]

  • Potential Vault-Tec bobblehead - In the basement level, near the blocked-off secret area, behind the counter in a filing cabinet, near the floor.

Notes[]

  • The Brown House is an instanced interior, meaning that some of the rarer items found inside it will always be available, such as Grey & Gould pocket watches and an undamaged American flag.
  • The Brown House contains several inconsistencies related to the placement of objects and set dressing:
    • The family portrait of the Singh family from the Free States is inexplicably found in two different locations: at the front entrance desk and upstairs in the president's office.
    • A pen holder with a decorative plate reading "Vault Dweller of the Year" is found at both the front entrance desk and the president's desk, despite there being no apparent connection between this location and Vault residents.
    • Two Army training graduation papers can be found in the upstairs side office to the west, despite being a quest-related item from Camp McClintock.
    • The rug featuring the Great Seal of the President of the United States faces the president's desk. In the real-world, the presidential seal is placed outwards to the visitor as a means of greeting them, since the president knows themself.

Appearances[]

The Brown House appears only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Skyline Valley update.

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. The Brown House plaque: "Welcome to the Brown House; it was the home of President Hoover and his wife Lou while they stayed at Rapidan Camp. The house gets its name from the color, like how our Presidents live at the White House, it was only fitting to name their summer home after the house color."
  2. Vault 76 dweller: "The President's home away from home?"
    Gumley: "Well yes. President Hoover and his wife Lou Hoover built Rapidan Camp. They used the grounds as the their Presidential Retreat throughout his administration. When his term came to an end, President Hoover donated Rapidan Camp to the executive wing of the government. So future Presidents could continue to use the camp and enjoy the natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park. Sometimes out Presidents still stay here, but one hasn't visited in quite some time. From what I can remember some under secretaries were stationed here on that eventful day, but I haven't... seen them for some time now."
    (Gumley's dialogue)
  3. Rapidan Camp terminal entries; terminal


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