About Us

Paul and Mary Barnum with Senator Vance

Paul and Mary Barnum in the Commerce and Main location circa 1961.

Founder, William Smith

Our roots go back to 1931 when William Smith began selling insurance from his home before opening an office in downtown Dunkirk. In 1954 Paul Barnum purchased Mr. Smith’s book of business and started Barnum Insurance. In 1986, Robert and Shelia Brown purchased the business and formed Barnum-Brown Insurance. Aaron and Stephanie Walter lead the agency today.

Barnum-Brown Insurance is an independent insurance agency. We represent over twenty different insurance companies, which allows us to be competitive in most circumstances while providing the best of service. We have the flexibility to offer you affordable prices and individualized options.


The exceptional staff at Barnum-Brown Insurance has the skill and know-how to recommend the personal or business insurance that may be best for you. When you choose us you can count on appropriate coverage and competitive rates. And when you call our office, you will be greeted by a real person-not by voicemail or a machine. Claims service is our greatest strength. After all, this is why you purchase coverage. You can expect our personal service and attention to all situations. We stay in the loop with claims settlements until they are resolved.

Robert and Sheila Brown circa 1993


Proudly a Cooper Club Member agency with Indiana Farmers Insurance and a Top 10 performing agency for profitability and customer retention awards for 2020.  Barnum-Brown Insurance is your trusted source for quality insurance services.

Whether you need business insurance or personal insurance, we will customize a plan to suit your needs. Discover what Barnum-Brown Insurance, Inc. can do for you by calling us today.