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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Simpson House / Margaret Laurence House (312 First Avenue, Neepawa)

Built in 1894 for merchant John Simpson, this two-storey brick house in Neepawa was home to internationally-acclaimed author Margaret Laurence from 1935 to 1944. A provincially-designated historic site as of 1987, the house is now operated as a museum dedicated to Laurence’s literary career. A commemorative plaque was placed on the grounds in 1988 by the Manitoba Heritage Council.

Margaret Laurence House

Margaret Laurence House (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Margaret Laurence House

Margaret Laurence House (February 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.23212, W99.46781
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Laurence House (265 Vivian Street, Neepawa)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance

Memorable Manitobans: Jean Margaret "Peggy" Wemyss Laurence (1926-1987)

Memorable Manitobans: John “Jack” Simpson (1856-1953)

Sources:

Margaret Laurence House, 312 First Avenue, Neepawa, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and S. Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2021

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