February 21, 2024
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by: Tori Gessner
NOLENSVILLE TENNESSEE (WKRN) – The original windows of the 153 year old Morton Brittain House were damaged by two children who threw rocks. Damage was estimated at more than $1,000.

Morton Brittain House built in 1870 was almost demolished by a developer in 2018, after they bought the land on which it stood. Nolensville Historic Society was able to save the home after moving it on to a different piece of land, which they had to search for months.

Greg Bruss is the Morton Brittain House Project Manager. He has spent the last five years working on the restoration of the house using the money and donations raised by countless fundraising hours.

“My conviction is that if we don’t have a clear understanding of where we’re from and what our current situation is, it’s impossible to know the direction in which we’re heading,” Bruss explained. Nolensville has been growing rapidly, and while that is excellent, it also means the town is losing much of its past.

The time spent on saving this house is worthwhile.

The Nolensville Police Department reported that two boys had been caught throwing stones at the windows of a house shortly after 3:30 pm on August 22, 2012.

Bruss, a reporter for News 2, said that the work on his house is not done yet. The incident of Tuesday will add to the workload.

“We have to not only raise money for it but also find the glass in North America where they collect it from old building, buy it and bring it to us, to be cut for it. It just takes longer to do, which is very unfortunate,” Bruss said.

Bruss spent the entire day on August 25 taping and fixing broken windows. He estimates the damages at over $1,000. Even if the windows were replaced, he said, the result would be different.

“It was unfortunate they lasted 153-years, but then someone decided to just throw a couple of stones in a fit of rage,” Bruss added. “I’m not sure what they did, but we are a lot stronger because of it.”

Bruss expressed his hope that the two children responsible for vandalism would turn themselves in and admit their error. They could then pay to fix or repair the Morton Brittain House.

“And hope they will learn a good lesson and move forward with their lives and become better people for it,” Bruss added. This is what I hope to see. It’s best to just wait and watch what actually happens.

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