It’s a stately mansion that was built in 1848 by Dr. Neil Gray Jr., and still sits comfortably on a rolling hilltop in Ray Township.
Despite more than a century of change that brought various tenants and businesses, today the property continues to breathe history.
“This is one of the oldest homes in the community, and the Grays were one of the most prominent and wealthy families in this township at that time,” said Terry Goike, president of the Ray Township Historical Society.
Gray Jr., who emigrated from Scotland in 1831, settled in northern Macomb County. He commissioned the 14-room mansion for $1,000 and lived there until his death in 1868. Goike said the good doctor’s wife, Marie, remained in the home until her death in 1886.