The Brown House was donated to the museum by Jim and Mildred Craner Marshall. The house was built by Tom Vernon of Baggs sometime around 1910. One of the first occupants was Thora Skovely Morgan who lived in the house and made a living as a seamstress. One of her favorite customers was Mrs. Penland of Baggs. Later the Requa family occupied the home while they carved violins for children out of cigar boxes and ax handles. She then taught them to play the hand made instruments. A local song-writer collaborated with her on several of her songs. One song, named "Sego Lily", later became "Love Me Tender", which Elvis Presley made famous. In later years the house became the headquarters for the Cow Creek Sheep Company. When Tom Vernon's property was sold, Leo and Maxine Morgan Craner purchased the house and planned to make it a guest house. As the years passed, the family decided the best place for the Little Brown House was at the Museum.