Hancock St Architectural Tour
36 Hancock Street
When the Hancock-Clarke House was built in 1737 this Georgian style home was the finest and most sophisticated dwelling in Lexington. The ell (north part) of the house has a distinctive gambrel roof.
The house is owned and operated by the Lexington Historical Society as an historic house museum.
- It was the home of the Rev. John Hancock (grandfather of the patriot leader John Hancock) for 54 years. His successor, Rev, Jonas Clarke was the Lexington Minister for the next 50 years.
- Samuel Adams and John Hancock were staying with the Clarke family when Paul Revere and William Dawes aroused them from their sleep on April 19, 1775 to warn them of the impending arrival of British troops.
- The building was threatened with demolition in 1896, at which time the society purchased it and moved it across the street. In 1974 the society moved it back to its original location. A major restoration was completed in 2009.
- The home was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1971.
Use the crosswalk in front of the Hancock Clarke house to carefully cross the street and walk back toward Lexington Green and Buckman Tavern.
When passing Hancock Avenue look down the right hand side of the street to see the row of Mansard roofed houses built shortly after the civil war. This was Lexington’s first housing development with 5 houses built on speculation. One house was destroyed as the result of a gas line explosion in 2005 so only four remain.