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 31. An admission fee is charged.
The 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 -story structure with central chimney, a short center hall, two rooms on each of the two floors, and an attic. The small rear ell, 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 house along with Buckman Tavern and Munroe Tavern are owned by the Lexington Historical Society. Each cost $10,00 or you can visit all three for $20.00. The Hancock-Clarke House is the only...  more »
  • Paul Revere came to this house, where John Hancock and Sam Adams were staying while meeting with other American Revolutionaries, on his famous Midnight Ride to warn them that the British troops were.....  more »
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  • Absolutely recommend it! The staff were all kind and hospitable; Nancy L. was our guide! She definitely is the queen of guides! She brought the stories to life, gave us endless time to take pictures, made us feel comfortable, and truly gives Hancock and Adams the respect and love they deserve. She brought tears to our eyes! The house is the definition of the revolution.
  • I volunteer for my daughter's class today and the visit was awesome! I learned so much more than i expected and the staff were wonderful and knowledgable. Its kinda quick so maybe only plan for 30-45 minutes and then make a day of it by visiting the local comic book store (which also doubles as a cool and safe hang out space for the older kids) or if your a single adult for the day; grab a bite in the center or town and take in all that Lexington has to offer

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