John McConnell House
6119 Broadway Street
—Written by Gail Drabant
John McConnell was one of three sons of William McConnell, the first settler in the Richmond area. This Greek Revival home, at 6119 Broadway, was built in 1852 across the street from William’s original log cabin. William and Elizabeth lived in this house for 20 years while raising their sons. In 1872, they moved across the street and deeded this house and property to their son, John.
John was one of the first settlers born in Richmond in 1842. He married Mary Frothingham in 1868, and they had two children, Bertha and Charles. John and Mary raised their family in this house. John ran the Richmond Cheese Factory and helped establish the Richmond Pickle Factory along with managing his farming interests.
John and Mary lived in this house at 6119 Broadway until their deaths after the turn-of-the-century. In more recent years, the Mathers family lived in this house followed by the current owners, the John Drummond family. It should be noted that Lyman Mather was the grandson of John McConnell.