Historic Bradley Home

Behind the attractive two-story frame facade of this antebellum structure there is a real ugly-duckling-into-swam success story.  It took imagination and devotion, with advice from architect Harvie Jones, to grasp the possibilities and renovate this lovely home.  Previously used as a residence from which antiques were sold, in 1983 the structure was purchased and the interior renovated by the law firm of Higgs and Conchin.

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The earliest portion of the house dates from about 1820 when Rebecca Ballard purchased the lot from the town commissioners.  Two years later she sold it at many times its purchase price.  Thomas Bibb held the property from 1823 until 1830 when he deeded it to his son-in-law, James Bradley.

In 1842 a deed to the Bibb heirs recites that Joseph C. Bradley, brother of James, resided there.  But it was not until 1850 that he took title to the property.  In an interesting legal transaction Mr. Bradley deeded the property to his wife, Isabella, in 1866 and again in 1867, to compensate her for loss of dower rights in other preperty.  In 1893 her heirs transferred the preperty to George Scruggs by a deed that states that it had been Isabella Bradley's residence.  Today Bradley family decendants in Huntsville include the Van Valkenburghs.

Parts of the house have been removed and parts have been added through the years.  The entrance is probably not the original one.  The lot stretched from Williams Street to Gates Street in 1861.  It is now reduced to sixty-three feet on Franklin Street.  Although the structure has seen many changes through the years, the Bradley family homestead now has a bright future as well as a proud heritage.


 

405 Franklin Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

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