In 1874, when horses still drank from the ornate fountain-like trough in the middle of Fort Plain’s Main Street, Cindae Bradley’s Victorian home was being built.
Over the years the structure provided a place of refuge for a cornucopia of occupants, including a retired farmer, a World War I veteran, a high school salutatorian, a private pilot, the owners of the local hardware store and a real estate agent.
Each occupant brought with them their families, who filled the house with laughter and woes.
The house was built within the shadows of the Revolutionary War Issac Paris Trading Post, which today serves as the meeting place for the local DAR.
Today, the town of Minden justice Cindae Bradley owns 178 Main St.
“From the time I first saw it, I knew it was my dream house,” Bradley said.
The nearly 150-year-old home is what Bradley calls a labor of love with a great deal of projects constantly in progress. But she’s not complaining.
Transplanted from “an over crowded section” of Sacramento, California, Bradley and her then 8-year-old son Kyler moved into their new home in September of 2004.
“I was 49 years old, a single mom with no job but I had my dream house,” Bradley recalls.
The house keeps surprising Cindae.
Last summer, the side porch off the kitchen was on the agenda. The railings on the porch were rotting plywood which she and her son tore off. To their amazement, they found perfectly preserved spindles behind the plywood.
Another find within the house was a box of report cards up in the attic. The third-grade report card from about 70 years ago of the owner of the local hardware store, Marie Geesler Alter, was among them.
“All A’s,” Bradley said. “I told my son he had to live up to the standards of the house.”
Bradley’s home possesses all the charm and quirks of a typical Victorian home, with 15 rooms, sliding pocket doors, 40 windows and a decorative iron railing on the roof. There are five bedrooms, two parlors, a fireplace, French doors which open into a formal dining room, and three and a half bathrooms.
“The entire house is wallpapered, even the ceilings” Bradley said with a smile.