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Hancock-Clarke House, Lexington

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4.7/5 based on 150 reviews on the web
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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  • We arrived ands saw the movie about the house and beginnings of the Rev War. The docent gave a great explanation of the occupants and their involvement int 1775 Lexington battles. 
  • We enjoyed the colonial character tour and the film. The tour was entertaining and the young man we had was very good. He also had a great sense of humor. 
  • We were the last tour of the day, and the tour guide probably would have rather gone home, but he stayed to take us around the house, in great historic detail. You really felt like you were back in th...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Pure Yankee Americana Galore
  • Brilliant ocher house paint from local pigment supply -- Colonials were less muted and dowdy than I thought!
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