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.