Tuttle-Brigham House

Even Snickers had to smile for one, which comes with a bit of drama intertwined with one of Lexington’s most famous houses.

David Ainsworth had the house build for himself in 1847, but it would be called the Tuttle-Brigham house for later owners.

In 1871, William H. Brigham bought this house, along with the Hancock-Clarke House at the same time. Members of the family lived here until the death of Ruth Brigham Jackson.

By 1890, Mrs. Brigham owned the Hancock-Clarke house, and threatened to demolish it, saying its decrepit condition marred her view.

Luckily, the house, which is now a National Historic Landmark, was rescued by Carleton Staples. Staples bought the house with his own money and moved it across the street to save it.

The Hancock-Clarke House

Staples was the founder of the Lexington Historical Society and recognized its significance:

In the wee hours of April 19, 1775, John Hancock and Samuel Adams were guests at the Hancock-Clarke house when Paul Revere rode into town with his famous warning that the British were coming. The events that ensued — the Battles of Lexington and Concord — were the opening events of the Revolutionary War.


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