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Hancock-Clarke House, Lexington
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The Hancock-Clarke House is a historic house at 36 Hancock Street in Lexington, Massachusetts, that is a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1738, the house is notable as the only surviving house associated with statesman John Hancock, who lived here for several years as a child. It played a prominent role in the Battle of Lexington and Concord as both Hancock and Samuel Adams, leaders of the colonials, were staying in the house before the battle. The House is operated as a museum by the Lexington Historical Society. It is open weekends starting in mid-April and daily from May 30 - October 30. An admission fee is charged.Hancock and Clarke historyThe Reverend John Hancock, grandfather of the American revolutionary leader of the same name, purchased this site in 1699. In 1738 he built this two story timber frame house. Rev. Hancock's son, Thomas, a wealthy Boston merchant, is said to have financed the construction. The front or main portion of the house consists of the 2½-story structure with central chimney, a short center hall, two rooms on each of the two floors, and an attic. The small rear ell, 1½ stories high with gambrel roof contains a kitchen and tiny study downstairs and two low-studded chambers upstairs. As confirmed by tree-ring dating (dendrochronology), both portions of the house were built from trees felled in the same year, refuting a commonly-held belief that the ell was built in 1698. Succeeding Hancock as minister in 1752, the Reverend Jonas Clarke, who reared 12 children in the parsonage, was an eloquent supporter of the colonial cause.
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  • This was my favorite house tour in Lexington. You start with a nice short film and then go on a lovely tour of the house where history was literally made. John Hancock and Sam Adams hid out from the B...  more »
  • We enjoyed the personal touch touring the Hancock-Clarke House. Our guide was very interesting, she didn't mind my questions and wasn't rattled if I stoped her to explain or ask about additional infor...  more »
  • I had a superb tour of the house with Richard, one of the wonderful docents. There is a very good introductory video with a concise and exciting summation of the events leading to April 19, 1775, and ...  more »
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  • Wonderful museum with well preserved artifacts from the 18th century. Great tour that was both interesting and educational. I'd recommend this for both adults and children.
  • Highly recommend the guided tour. Enthusiastic and intelligent guide.
  • Pure Yankee Americana Galore
  • Brilliant ocher house paint from local pigment supply -- Colonials were less muted and dowdy than I thought!