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.
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.