So much of what Nellie McClung achieved in her life began in Manitou – a small town in southern Manitoba – whose people had a great influence in inspiring the hero that she would eventually become.

The Nellie McClung Foundation is a proud donor to the Nellie McClung Heritage Site, a not-for-profit committed to safeguarding two of Nellie’s most important homes in Manitoba, which are used as living classrooms to students and as a fascinating tourist attraction to Manitobans.

In 2017, two of Nellie’s most important, fully curated homes – McClung House and Hazel Cottage – were moved from the now permanently closed Archibald Historical Museum to the new Nellie McClng Heritage Site located at #1 Main Street at Highway #3 in Manitou, MB.

McClung House

Nellie and Wes McClung were married in 1896. They lived in the McClung House, at 336 Park Street, from 1899 – 1911. It was there that they raised four of their five children.

During this time, Nellie became very active in the WCTU and it was in delivering an address to this group that she discovered her talent for oratory. She also began her prolific writing career in this house.

The house has been restored to a time that reflects Nellie’s occupancy. It was here, in the den, that, with the encouragement of her mother-in-law, Annie McClung, she wrote Sowing Seeds in Danny. This became a Canadian best seller (a rarity for a female author) in 1908. She also wrote The Second Chance here.

Visiting the house allows the visitor to step back in time, and its spacious rooms give a glimpse of the life as it was lived in Manitou by Nellie as she emerged as an activist, author and international orator.

Hazel Cottage

Nellie Letitia Mooney arrived in Manitou in 1890, to her first teaching position at Hazel School, three miles north of Manitou.  Just sixteen, she boarded with the Hasselfield’s at Hazel cottage, built in 1878.  The owner, William Hasselfield, was a Hazel District School Board trustee. Nellie was impressed with this log cottage, how well it was cared for and the books on the shelves. Hazel Cottage has been returned to the picture Nellie described of it in her autobiography.

Nellie spent two years at Hazel Cottage. She was an enthusiastic teacher, spending much of her own salary ($70 per month) on books and school sport supplies.

Visit the Nellie McClung Heritage Site