Hancock-Clarke House


On the night before the Battle of Lexington and Concord, John Hancock and Samuel Adams were resting in the Hancock-Clarke House prior to their return to Boston. They had just finished meeting at the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Around midnight, Paul Revere and William Dawes both came through seperately to warn them of the British approach. After receiving the warning, Hancock and Adams both fled to Burlington. The Hancock-Clarke house is still remembered today for the events of that evening! Hancock actually lived in this house as a child with his grandfather, Rev. John Hancock, who was the owner at the time. During this famous stay, however, Rev. Jonas Clarke owned the home.

You can still visit the Hancock-Clarke House today! Its address is 36 Hancock Street, Lexington, MA.


This house is the only known residence of John Hancock.


In 1896, the house was moved across the street to save it from demolition! It has since been returned to its original location.

The house was built in 1738.


The Hancock-Clarke House is just ¼ mile from Buckman Tavern.