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MORRISON HOUSE, BROWNSBURG

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The Morrison House (Photo - Ray & Diana Baillie)Brownsburg was named for George Brown who settled here in 1818 and built mills before 1820. Robert Morrison, from Scotland via Grenville, set up a three-storey woollen mill on Middle Creek which was subsequently run by his sons William and Albert. It closed in the 1930s. This house, built in 1872, has what is called a “suicide window” – shaped like a door, but with nowhere to go but down if one steps out. Morrison descendants lived in the house until 1997.

Arthur Morrison, a descendant, says that Brownsburg English (who constitute about 15% of the population) get along well with the French “as long as the people are left alone… when help was needed, language was not a barrier.”