The Cohen Bray House was built by Watson A. and Julia Moses Bray as a wedding present for their daughter Emma's marriage to Alfred Henry Cohen. The house was furnished by the groom's family, Alfred Andrew and Emilie Gibbons Cohen. The house was completed in time for the lavish wedding on February 28, 1884. The elaborate furnishings, wallpaper, and wedding gifts are all available for viewing in the house. There is no other house quite like it in all of California or perhaps anywhere in the United States!
The Cohen Family had four children. Alfreda, Marion, Douglas and Emelita. Emelita lived in the house her whole life and she and her mother, Emma, kept the house in it's original form. Alfred Henry died in 1925, Emma Bray died in 1945.