Raymond-Bradford Homestead

The Raymond-Bradford Homestead is a historic house on Raymond Hill Road in Montville, Connecticut. Built about 1710, it is notable for its history of alteration, dating into the late 19th century, its construction by a woman, Mercy Sands Raymond, in the colonial period, and its continuous ownership by a single family line. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1982.[1]

Raymond-Bradford Homestead
Raymond-Bradford Homestead is located in Connecticut
Raymond-Bradford Homestead
Raymond-Bradford Homestead is located in the United States
Raymond-Bradford Homestead
LocationRaymond Hill Rd., Montville, Connecticut
Coordinates41°29′0″N 72°9′43″W / 41.48333°N 72.16194°W / 41.48333; -72.16194
Area3.7 acres (1.5 ha)
Builtc. 1710 (1710)
Architectural styleGeorgian
NRHP reference No.82004372[1]
Added to NRHPApril 16, 1982

Description and history


The Raymond-Bradford Homestead is located in a rural setting of central Montville at 999 Raymond Hill Rd, at the northern terminus of Oakdale Road. Connecticut Route 163 passes to the west and south. It is a 2+12-story wood-frame structure, five bays wide, with a hip roof. It has a center entrance, sheltered by a Victorian hood with decorative brackets, and a chimney placed off-center on the rear roof face. The interior follows a central hall plan today, although it had a central chimney when built.[2]

The house was built in stages, with the oldest portion dating to about 1710. It was built on land purchased by Mercy Sands Raymond, a widow from Block Island, and James Merritt, apparently by Raymond, who managed a 1,500-acre (610 ha) farm with Merritt and her son Joshua until her death in 1741.[2] The first owner of the house was Mercy Sands Raymond.[3] During her time on Block Island, Raymond is thought to have accommodated Captain Kidd and was paid handsomely for the help.[4]

The house was substantially altered about 1820, adding Federal style features and changing the roof from a gable to a hip roof. It was again restyled in the 1870s, when the central chimney was removed, and wood finishes more in keeping with Victorian tastes were installed. Around this time the rear ell, housing the kitchen, was added. At the time of its National Register listing in 1982, it was still in the hands of Raymond descendants.[2][failed verification]

See also



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Raymond-Bradford Homestead". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  3. ^ Baker, Henry A. (1896). A History of Montville, Connecticut. Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co. p. 575. Retrieved Aug 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Caulkins, Francis Manwaring (1895). History of New London, Connecticut. New London, Connecticut: H. D. Utley. p. 293. Retrieved Aug 13, 2012.