Just how old is the historic Bray House in Kittery Point?

According to a Facebook post by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington, D.C., there is some debate on the matter.

The historic house is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the state, the AIA writes in the post, and was long thought to be an 18th century structure. However, the AIA said archaeological evidence indicates that the standing structure was not built in the 1700s, but perhaps before 1670.

This would make the Bray House one of the longest-standing structures in all of Maine. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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Jacobsen Architecture, a large architecture firm, seems to agree, saying on its website: "The architectural evidence indicates that the standing structure was probably built before 1710. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979."

Multiple sources suggest the location of the house is known to be the place where John Bray built a house around 1662, but some believe the construction methods are more indicative of an 18th century construction date.

The Bray House lies on the south side of Pepperell Road on Route 103 in Maine.

Famed musician Daryl Oates purchased the house in 2008 and executed a renovation project. The original house is now flanked by newer-constructed buildings.

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