One of Midland’s most historic Victorian homes is a beautifully restored museum known as the Bradley House. Standing near the banks of the Tittabawassee River, the home boasts over a century of history and stories of the growth of the city. Tours explore the inside of the home as well as life in the area at the time of its construction.
Built in 1874, the Bradley House was constructed near downtown on Larkin Street by Mr. Benjamin F. Bradley, a New York native. The home was constructed as a two story Victorian style residence. It resembled much of the homes that Benjamin grew up with back in his home state. Mr. Bradley was a successful local grocery store owner as well as very active in local politics.
Bradley was faced with the struggles of economic times and lost the Bradley House in 1921 due to financial troubles. The home was taken over by the nearby St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church. While under ownership of the church, the home was utilized as a rectory.
In 1969, the home was in terrible disrepair from years of neglect and age. A group of Midland locals decided to save the home by forming the Bradley House Society. It was moved to Cook Road, where it currently stands, in the early 1970s. It has since been restored and opened for tours regularly.
The Bradley House is located at 3200 Cook Road near Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. For more information about hours and admission, please click here.
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