All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Maine's Oldest Dwelling Sold

I learned from Musings of A Mainah that Maine's oldest home—the Bray House at Kittery Point—was sold at auction on Saturday for $1.9 million to a man from New York City. The house is described as follows by Emma Huntington Nason in her 1908 book Old Colonial Houses in Maine Built Prior to 1776:
The Bray House is the oldest dwelling-house now standing in Kittery. It was built in 1662, by John Bray who came to this country from Plymouth, England, where, it is said, "he held rich estates." As it now stands, the Bray house is evidently only a part of the original building, for John Bray, in his will, bequeathed the middle part of his house to his son John, the lean-to and east room with the chambers over them to his daughter Mary, and to his wife, Joan, "the new end of my now dwelling-house." This new end and the middle room now constitutes the Bray house. It is a plain two-story building rather forlorn-looking without, but interesting within. Its walls are paneled, its windows deeply set and its cupboards quaint and time-worn. Over the mantel, in one of the rooms, there is an antique picture painted on the wooden panel. It is a harbor view, and by some is supposed to be a picture of old Plymouth, in England; others think it may be a picture of Louisburg. In its prime, the Bray house must have been quite a luxurious abode compared with the common dwellings of the period. Court often assembled here, and other public meetings were held in the old Bray house. [p. 4]

8 Comments:

At 8:46 AM, March 30, 2007, Blogger KayInMaine said...

I love old homes, especially the ones here in Maine. I had no idea that a house from 1662 had survived all these years! Wonderful. :-)

 
At 2:20 PM, July 27, 2007, Blogger frances said...

I am intesting and seeing this wondeful house....I am going on vacation in the area is there any bed and breakfast in the area.

 
At 11:49 PM, July 27, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

I'll refer you to the The Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce website for a directory of Kittery-area accommodations.

 
At 7:19 PM, August 04, 2007, Blogger Ann said...

I just read that it was "Hall" of "Hall and Oates" fame who bought the house and that he intends to restore it.

 
At 12:12 AM, August 05, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

You're right. I posted an update here.

 
At 9:41 AM, January 25, 2008, Blogger jen said...

Yes, this house was bought by Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates) STILL my favorite artist live. Hmm...think I'll need to bring a welcome basket.

 
At 10:08 AM, November 22, 2008, Blogger EWA said...

Daryl Hall did good in buying this old house. Many antique homes a lot younger than this one are being demolished today. Usually some business park or subdivision takes their place. Built in 1662? This dwelling is older than Peter The Great!

 
At 10:54 PM, October 03, 2011, Blogger Pamela said...

This is an Awesome project that Daryl has taken on.! I didn't have any idea that homes THAT old actually existed here in USA. Please keep us posted on the progress of this home with pictures please. If possible I would like to know about the history of the families that lived there. Any info available???
Pamela in Nashville, TN

 

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