Modeled after Thomas Hancock's mid-16th century Boston home, the Hancock House was built in 1926 as a gift to the New York State Historical Association. Now, it houses a museum, a research library, and an art gallery, which showcase regional history.
Thomas Hancock's Colonial mansion, named the Hancock Manor, was a piece of Gregorian architecture. Erected in 1737, the manor was built out of Weymouth granite and located on Beacon Street in Boston. John Hancock, who is well known as the President of the Second Continental Congress and one of the signees of the Declaration of Independence, was Thomas Hancock's nephew. He took up residence in the Hancock Manor after Thomas' death. In 1863, the site was demolished in order to make room for a new wing at the State House.
In 1926, a replica of the Hancock Manor was constructed and called the Hancock House. The building was a gift from philanthropist Horace A. Moses, who lived in Ticonderoga, to the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA). He intended for the building to preserve and feature the history and fine arts of northeastern New York communities, including Lake Champlain and Lake George. The Hancock House became The Headquarters House of NYSHA.
Since 1975, the Ticonderoga Historical Society has maintained the Hancock House and honored the legacy of Horace A. Moses. The society helps to preserve manuscripts, newspapers, clothing, furniture, and other household and craft implements. The Hancock House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Hours of Operation:
From July through August, the Hancock House is open each day from 10:00AM-4:00PM. Then, it is open from September through June, Wednesday through Saturday, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. Holidays are excluded.