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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Morton House

The Historic Morton House in Benton Harbor is open to the public. This beautiful home was built in 1849 by Eleazar Morton and his son Henry, who were among the first white settlers in the area, coming from Plymouth, MA. The Mortons continued to live in the house for the next 87 years. It was the first home built on the Benton Harbor side of the the St. Joseph River and was nicknamed the "Indian Hotel" because Henry allowed Potawatomi Indians to sleep on the porch on their way to St. Joseph to sell their baskets made from woven willows that grew near the Paw Paw River.

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