Teen swerves to avoid squirrel, plows into home built by Abraham Lincoln’s ancestors


Courtesy: Hingham Police Department

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) – A 19-year-old driver who swerved to avoid a squirrel in the road crashed into a Massachusetts home that was built by an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln.

The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m. last Thursday when police said the teen’s car careened over the sidewalk and into the side of the historic house, known as the Samuel Lincoln Cottage.

Police said the car ended up in the living room of the North Street home, which was built in 1650 by one of the former president’s ancestors.

Andrea Young, administrator of the Hingham Historical Commission and Historic Districts Commission told the Hingham Journal that the cottage, built in 1650, is a “very important” part of the Lincoln Local Historic District.

“So this is really a disaster,” Young said. “I mean that house … everything in that house is original.”

The driver was issued a citation for failing to stay in marked lanes.

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