There is just something about a Colonial and Early American era home that makes you want to pull out the David McCullough books and transport yourself back to the incredible point in time where a new nation was born.
And we’ve made no secret of our love of a well-preserved home from that era — we’ve written about the Green Hill House in Salem, Virginia; the Philadelphia home of Joseph Hopkinson; the Daniel Bliss Homestead in Rehoboth, Massachusetts; and the Samuel Jones house in Concord, Massachusetts.
This week’s historical shelter was built in 1672, and was home to Joseph Hosmer, who was a lieutenant at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. In fact, he acted as adjutant in the Battle of Concord, which happened the same day as the Battle of Lexington — April 19, 1775.
It was a date that is now pointed to as the beginning of the Revolutionary War — and the North Bridge skirmish that he helped to lead was the site of the “shot heard ’round the world.”
His home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is within walking distance to the Historic Concord Center. It’s a two-and-a-half story timber-frame structure, with a large central chimney and an ell to the east.