As you know, I love sharing information on historic properties throughout the United States and, more broadly, the world. In this post, I'd like to shed light on a little-known Maine gem.
The Bray House is a historic house located at 100 Pepperell Road in Kittery Point, Maine. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Maine. Long considered to be a 17th-century house, architectural evidence suggests that this house was likely built around 1720. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The Bray House is set on the south side of Pepperell Road, on a site overlooking the Piscataqua River. It is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure whose main block is five bays wide, with a side gable roof, clapboard siding, large central chimney, and granite foundation. The entrance, centered on the river-facing south facade, is flanked by sidelight windows and pilasters, and is topped by an entablature. A two-story extension to the east adds two bays, and a narrow connecting segment connects the main house to a second 2-1/2 story house, positioned perpendicular to the main block, that was moved to this property in the early 1900s.
This location is known to be the place where John Bray built a house in about 1662. Although it is possible that certain parts of Bray's original house survive in the current structure, the construction methods and styling of the property are consistent with those typical of the 1720s. Nonetheless, the house is still one of Maine's oldest surviving structures and a must-see for anyone visiting the area.
Noted musician Daryl Hall purchased the house in 2008 and renovated it extensively. He later sold the restored property for $1.6 million.
Have you ever been to this house? Would you ever visit in the future?