History Revealed

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How two fires in Huntsville’s past bring a family’s history to light

By Alison Brownlee

A Huntsville building and the family history behind it may have been forgotten had another landmark – the Empire Hotel – not gone up in flames in October 2009.

The Empire sat on the corner of Centre and Main streets and when the hotel was demolished, it left the side of the neighbouring building exposed. The exposed wall showed a crumbling sign that read something like “Merchant Tailor” on an exterior brick wall. Alison Brownlee dove into Huntsville’s history to discover just who this merchant tailor was…

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