A Massachusetts motorist who crashed into Abraham Lincoln’s ancestral cottage claims she fled to avoid a squirrel.
The 19-year-old woman was driving her 2014 Audi Q7 eastbound on North Street in Hingham around 6:35 a.m. on July 15 when she pulled off the road and pulled into the 17th-century home, Hingham police said in a statement. . press release.
“The driver said she swerved to avoid a squirrel on the road and drove off the right side of the road, across the sidewalk and toward the front of the house,” police said.
Police said the driver, who was not identified, was sitting on the sidewalk when they arrived.
The driver and residents of the home were not injured. The teen was fined for not staying within the marked lanes.
A Massachusetts motorist who crashed into Abraham Lincoln’s ancestral home claims she fled to avoid a squirrel
The 19-year-old woman was driving her 2014 Audi Q7 east on North Street in Hingham at about 6:35 a.m. on July 15 when she pulled off the road and pulled into the house.
Police said the driver, who was sitting on the sidewalk when they arrived, and the residents in the house were not injured.
The vehicle was later towed from the house after it smashed into the historic cottage halfway through
Will Keefer, 9, told WHDH that he awoke to “hearing a loud bang” from the car hitting the house.
“I looked out the window and a car was stuck halfway through the house,” he said. I got my parents to call 911. It was pretty crazy.’
Photos posted by police on social media showed the front of the vehicle being destroyed on the bed of a tow truck after it slammed into the house halfway.
It wasn’t clear how fast the teen had been driving when she wrecked her Audi, whose original sticker price, according to Carfax, ranged from $47,700 to $64,900.
The homeowners said they would have the historic home repaired, Zenger News reported.
The cottage was built in 1650 by President Abraham Lincoln’s fourth great-grandfather, Samuel Lincoln, an English settler who bought the land in 1649, according to the Library of Congress.
It is just down the street from the historic Samuel Lincoln House at 170 North Street, which was built in 1721 and is also home to generations of the late presidential family. The house was designated a historic site in 1930.
“Samuel Lincoln, the ancestor of President Abraham Lincoln, and one of the eight early Hingham settlers of that name, bought this land in 1649,” reads the historic sign attached to the house.
“Seven generations of Lincoln descendants have lived here.”
The five-bedroom, 5,100-square-foot Samuel Lincoln Home is currently: mention for sale for $1.86 million.
According to The patriot ledger, the cottage is across the street from another historic home – that of Benjamin Lincoln, who there is no evidence to suggest was related to Abraham Lincoln.
The Samuel Lincoln Cottage is depicted intact in a Google Street View image
The house was built in 1650 by President Abraham Lincoln’s great-grandfather, Samuel Lincoln, an English settler who bought the land in 1649
The Benjamin Lincoln House is located at 181 North Street in Hingham and was built in 1666. According to the Hingham Historical Society, it was home to the city’s ‘most famous resident’.
Lincoln was the fourth Lincoln to own the house, which was built by his great-grandfather Thomas.
Benjamin Lincoln served as a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and formally accepted the British surrender at Yorktown as George Washington’s second commander.
He then served as the first United States Secretary of War from 1781 to 1783 and remained active in early American politics.