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The Hancock House, Ticonderoga

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The Hancock House is an historic structure in Ticonderoga, New York. It is a replica of the Hancock Manor on Boston's Beacon Hill that was the residence of Thomas Hancock, the uncle of John Hancock.
The Hancock House was built by philanthropist Horace A. Moses for the New York State Historical Association as a repository for "American Traditions in History and the Fine Arts;" the Association used it as its "Headquarters House" until after World War II. It was built in 1925-1926, and is a 4 1/2-story, five bay by three bay, Georgian Revival style granite building. It has a slate covered gambrel roof and full basement.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Born in Ticonderoga, Horace Augustus Moses became wealthy building and acquiring a number of paper mills that he combined to form the Strathmore Paper Company. As his wealth grew, he made a series of substantial donations to many Ticonderoga projects, among which were the Valley View Cemetery Chapel, the Liberty Monument, the Moses-Ludington Hospital, the Community Building, and the Hancock House; with the last of these, he accomplished an early lifetime ambition— to establish a museum with a library that would make Ticonderoga a focal point for public interest in the region's history.
The Hancock House Museum and Research Library was established in 1926. The Ticonderoga Historical Society today manages the building as a regional museum and reference library. There are exhibits throughout the Hancock House. The library houses a large collection of regional material on civic, social and economic matters and has one of the largest collections of genealogical resource materials in the region.
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  • Stopped here after a trip to Fort Ticonderoga. Fascinating story behind the house, which was never lived in, it was built as a recreation of John Hancock's house in Boston. Lots of displays and...  more »
  • We went there to hear a talk on Jews in the Andirondacks. Their staff compiled and presented what was an amazing journey with pictures of the 1800s - 1900s.  more »

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