Hancock Adams Room

Welcome to the Massachusetts Room at NSDAR in Washington, D.C.

Let’s retrace the history of the Hancock-Clark House in Lexington, Massachusetts, where John Hancock and Samuel Adams were awakened by Paul Revere on April 18, 1775. The men were asleep in “the parlor” of the house built in 1737 by Thomas Hancock for his father Reverend John Hancock. Reverend Hancock was the grandfather of our American Patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence by the same name,  who at seven years of age came to live with his grandfather. The younger John Hancock was later adopted by his uncle Thomas Hancock.  Reverend Jonas Clarke and his wife Lucy Bowes, a cousin of John Hancock, lived in the house from 1752-1805.