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“Just great”

Hancock-Clarke House
Ranked #2 of 20 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Guides are knowledgeable and friendly... the many elements of this important house are well-preserved and well-explained! The concealment box is not to be missed!

Thank Craig S
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Pros: Guided, good historical/genuine museums pieces

Cons: Small - but it was only a house, not allowed to take photos, intro video, hours were limited

After spending the day at Minutemen State Historic Site (see my review) we wanted to view the houses in town. Running out of time (they are only open till 4 or 5 pm) we ended up here. We started out with a video. It was ok. A little cheesy compared to the other videos we've seen, but would be a good intro for someone who doesn't know much about the area, or the war.

The tour was guided by a wonderful, in character, guide. She had lots of information and you can tell she has done it before (lots of info, but seemed a bit drained as though she had been sharing the same info all day). The house itself was great. It contained a lot of original pieces (and as a gallery/museum employee myself, you have to remember not to touch the pieces) which were on display in all the rooms.

I would have loved to see the other houses and how they all connected. Wish there was more to see - but its just a home, so what can I expect. Great visit, just wished I would have gotten to see more!

Thank Baltzer
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LHSOC, Guest Relations Manager at Hancock-Clarke House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

We are glad that you enjoyed your tour of the Hancock-Clarke House. You will be pleased to know that we recently amended our photography rules and now allow photography inside all three buildings. I hope that you will be able to visit us again soon and take some photos!

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Great hour long tour of a house that was at the center of the first battle of the Revolution. John Hancock and Samuel Adams were here the night of 18th of April in 1775 and the British were looking for them. Several other historical stops on the Freedom Trail mentioned this fact and this house--great to have been there.

Thank Bryan H
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Our guide was very knowledgeable, interesting, and funny. If you are interested in history our the American Revolution, it's a good tour for you. It was a neat tour! I recommend it!

Thank Barb N
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Another spot of historical significance in Lexington, MA. We got there late (it starts on the hour, I think) so we missed the video. This place is a little larger than Buckman Tavern, it has 2 floors. It is a guided tour. Our guide was a little unfriendly, and she constantly was watching like a hawk to make sure we didn't touch things and didn't take any photos.

The house itself is very charming, not a lot of room when you have more than a dozen people on a tour. Keep that in mind during the peak travel periods. Parking at the place is horrible, you are better off leaving a car in the public parking and walking 4 or 5 blocks to visit this one. Admission was again on our Boston Go Card!

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LHSOC, Guest Relations Manager at Hancock-Clarke House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Thank you for visiting the Hancock-Clarke House and we are sorry that your tour was not as enjoyable as it could have been. It is definitely hard to have a large tour in the old historic houses. Please feel free to come back for a complimentary tour on us so that we can take you around the house in a smaller group.

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