Nathan Munroe House

Built in 1780, the Nathan Munroe house in Lexington, Mass., was named after an early owner.

Tradition says that during the early 1800s, ran a fur dressing business here, and used an underground structure as potting shed. For many years afterward, it was a double house.

After 1850, Joel Viles (1793-1873) lived here. A selectman for ten years, he represented Lexington in the State Convention of 1853 to revise the state constitution. From 1820 until around the time he moved here, he was the keeper of the Bull Tavern (aka Viles Tavern) .

In the early 1900s, Albert McDonald lived here, raising flowers and plants for his retail florist shop in Boston. His greenhouses were located behind the present house.

During the 1930s, the building operated as a tearoom, and switched to an antique shop during the 1940s and 1950s.

Now a single family home, the Nathan Munroe House sold in 2020 for $1.96 million dollars. It has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and 4343 square feet, sitting on more than half an acre of land — a rarity for homes in Lexington Center. It also features gardens, a pond and a private courtyard.

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