House Built By Ancestor of Abraham Lincoln Wrecked In Car Crash
Driver in Audi Q7 crossover crashed into the house after trying to avoid a squirrel
It's one thing to crash into a house. It's another thing to crash into the house built by the ancestor of one of America's most beloved presidents.
That's what happened in Hingham, Massachusetts, when a driver of an Audi Q7 crashed into Samuel Lincoln's Cottage at 182 North Street after swerving to avoid a squirrel.
NBC Boston reported on an incident a week ago that involved a 19-year-old woman (name withheld), her Q7, a squirrel and the house, whose current tenants were rudely awakened by the crash that damaged much of the living room and destroyed a sign. Neither the driver nor the occupants sustained injuries.
Hingham Police slapped the driver with a citation for failure to stay in marked lanes but otherwise wasn't charged with anything else. Still, it must be fairly unnerving for her to find out just how significant the house she just crashed into actually is.
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The cottage, see, is one of the two estates that Samuel Lincoln (1620-1690), the great-great-great-great-grandfather of the Great Emancipator, built on the spot of land he bought in Hingham as one of the first settlers in the area. "Seven generations of Lincoln descendants lived here," before the cottage became a historic museum and, eventually, a residential home for a couple for 33 years.
A local specialist in constructing and maintaining historic houses shall lead the renovations for the house.