- Historical Sites»John Hicks House
Built in 1762 for John Hicks, this house has moved locations, and joined Harvard’s Kirkland House as a library. Besides its 2006 collision with a young woman’s car (we’re not saying whose fault it was), its claims to fame are twofold.
John Hicks was 48 at the time of the Boston Tea Party. The journey to Boston, which involved 8 miles of walking, was not too much, it seems, for John Hicks. On December 16th, 1773, he was one of two known Cantabrigians to be present in the dumping of the tea. Two years later, in 1775, he would die shooting at the British as they retreated from Lexington and Concord.
That same year, Israel Putnam, one of the most colorful officers of the Revolution, would take the house over as an office. Whether dealing with wolves on his farm as a young man, enemies in the French and Indian War, or British in the Revolution, he racked up countless near-death experiences with heroic outcomes. His legend continued as he planned and fought in the battle of Bunker Hill.