By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
Back in 1782, Alexander Duff came to Detroit, second son of a Scottish baron. He build a log cabin trading post at the junction of the Detroit and Rouge rivers, as seen in the Zug Island video below. He later fled to Canada to avoid American democracy, something others are considering more and more today. There he built Duff House, now Duff-Baby House, Ontario’s oldest surviving structure which was burned by William Henry Harrison during one of America’s forays into Canada, this one after Tecumseh.
As the survivor of Detroit’s oldest English speaking family, I return from time to time. Detroit continues to survive even that.