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The Massachusetts Period Room Virtual Tour is a gift of the Massachusetts State Society DAR.

The Massachusetts room recreates the parlor from the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington, Massachusetts. This now famous room was recreated because of its association with the Revolutionary War. On the night of April 18, 1775, John Hancock and Samuel Adams were eating a late supper in this room when they received a message from Paul Revere that the British troops were approaching. The room was immortalized during the late 18th and 19th centuries in many poems and descriptions describing it. Unlike modern living rooms, parlors were used for a variety of activities including dining, entertaining and sleeping. At this time it was not uncommon for a parlor to contain the best bed in addition to a dining table and chairs. It was common for most rooms during the 18th century to serve several purposes.