This amazing historic home located at 36 Hancock Street in Lexington, Massachusetts, was built in 1738 as the residence of Rev. John Hancock, Sr., Lexington's preacher from 1697 until the time of his death in 1752.
After the death of his son, Col. John Hancock, Jr., which occurred in 1744, the colonel's son, John Hancock, the famous patriot, statesman, and first signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived here for several years, from 1744 until 1750. Upon Rev. Hancock's death in 1752, the parsonage was occupied by his successor, Rev. Jonas Clarke and his family.
On April 18, 1775, John Hancock (the statesman) and Samuel Adams were staying in this home as the guests of Rev. Clarke. It was just before the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The women actually watched the horrific scene from these windows.
This home is wonderfully preserved and open to the public as a museum, which can now be toured virtually online, courtesy of the Lexington Historical Society! Ready to go? It's easy! Just click on the white circles to navigate, and click or hover on red circles for general information about the room, purple circles for information about the people, or blue circles for information about an artifact or object.
Visit the Lexington Historical Society's website for more virtual house tours and history of Lexington
Learn more about the Hancock-Clarke House on Wikipedia