Bulkeley-Brown House

Currently for sale: This historical hotspot in Concord, Mass., can be yours for a mere $1.675 million dollars. (And it’s much more green and pretty now; this photo was before spring hit.)

Built around 1720, the Bulkeley-Brown House is associated with the actions of Reuben Brown leading up to and following the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

The house was passed from Henry Gould to Brown in 1773. A saddler, Brown operated a shop in an adjacent lot. Like many artisans, Brown used his skills to help produce war materials for the conflicts that would eventually kick off the American Revolution.

Brown made cartridge boxes, holsters, belts and other leather goods for troops. On the day of the battle, Colonel Buttrick dispatched Brown to Lexington to scope out the situation. Brown returned, reporting that the British had fired on Lexington men, which spurred the Concord militia and Minute Men into full preparation.

Upon their retreat, the British pillaged Brown’s shop and set the property ablaze, perhaps accidentally — this and the town house are the only two buildings touched by fire that day. The fire was extinguished before it damaged the buildings.

A British officer, Lieutenant Patter, was held prisoner briefly in the shop building. After Lexington and Concord, Brown opted not to serve in the army, hiring a substitute each time he was drafted. Instead, he engaged in the more lucrative business of supplying leather goods to the Continental Army.

Probably a shrewd move on his part. In 1770, he was in danger of being run out of town due to debt. But by 1780, he was one of the wealthiest men in Concord.

Since the Revolution, the Brown House has been sold a number of times and has been the home of the Concord Antiquarian Society (1886-1930), a restaurant (1930-1946), an apartment building (1946-1954). It is now a single family home again.

It has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and more than 5,000 square feet. Check out the listing/interior photos by searching 77 Lexington St., Concord, Mass.

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