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“An Amazing Trip Into The Past”

Hancock-Clarke House
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Due to reopen April 2017. Closed for the season. The home of Lexington's first two ministers and the location where John Hancock and Sam Adams were staying on April 18, 1775. Paul Revere stopped here on his famous "Midnight Ride" to warn Hancock and Adams that British troops had left Boston.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Simi Valley, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An Amazing Trip Into The Past”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

After visiting Boston and walking the Freedom Trail, my husband and I wanted to learn more about the Revolution and decided to visit Lexington, Massachusetts. When we arrived, we were directed to the Hancock-Clark House. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the most wonderful staff. After an amazing video about the battle fought right there in town, we were given the most amazing tour of the house by our tour guide Maureen. An amazing amount of knowledge and the history of that house was astounding. We walked out of there with chills as so much history was recounted that we felt as if we were there ourselves. An absolute MUST SEE as this place in history was the beginning of our freedom as we know it today!

Visited September 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Good Call!”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

We only had time for one house and had missed the tour of the Tavern. A guide there suggested trekking a short distance beyond the green to the Hancock-Clarke House. She even called ahead to tell them we were coming! We had time to check out the modest herb garden outside and then enjoyed a locally-produced film on the history of the town. The tour that followed was excellent particularly since we - all two of us - constituted the group and our tour was the last of the day. The guide in costume was unhurried and thorough and provided details, particularly of the Hancock connection and the comings and tardy goings on that famous night. Poor Paul telling Hancock to split only to find a bit later that the dude is still there. Sometimes it is just difficult to get folks, even John Hancock, to get thee to Fairfield! It is a bit off the green but worth the short walk to visit.

Visited September 2013
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Rochester, New York
Level 6 Contributor
3,026 reviews
918 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 985 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT historic tour”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

We went through the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington with a tour group, led by a guide who was in-character, including all the Colonial garb of the day. It was FANTASTIC. Our guide's knowledge of the house and the general history of the day was encyclopedic in its depth, and contributed highly to the overall enjoyment of the tour. Walking through the house and listening to the guide, you really feel as though you've been transported back in time...an excellent presentation!

Hint - if you go, make sure to get there by mid-afternoon, as it closes at either 4 or 5 PM. Also, buy the three-house tour and see the other famous exhibits around the town. It is well worth the cost and your time!

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Historic Must See”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Hancock-Clarke House is a modest 17th century house that holds American history as it began. The guided tour begins with a 15 minute documentary movie detailing the events that led up to the start of the Revolutionary War.
Anyone interested in American history should try to make a stop in Lexington and visit the three houses which are now museums. You start with the Hancock-Clarke House where you get the overview of the events of April 19th 1775, then go to Buckman Tavern and the Lexington Green, and finally visit Munroe Tavern which is now the Redcoat Museum since it served briefly as a hospital for the retreating British soldiers.

Visited September 2013
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Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Awesome”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I love history and what we learned here brought the Revolution and what led up to it to life.
Seeing the original furniture, the pieces of wallpaper, and the recreated pieces brought to light the work that went into the textiles and woodworking to create items of lasting beauty

Visited August 2013
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