One of historic Boston’s most significant homes is on the market.

It is the Captain Lemuel Clap House.

From Wikipedia:

It appears that a house has occupied this site since about 1633, and possibly today’s house was its enlargement. Although there is no solid evidence for this possibility, the Clapp family genealogy records that such a first house was built by Roger Clapp, one of Dorchester’s original settlers, circa 1633 and in 1767 rebuilt and enlarged by his descendant Lemuel Clap. On the other hand, the Historical Society also has evidence that the earlier house was built by the Ward family at the beginning of the 18th century.

There seems little doubt, however, that today’s house was substantially constructed by Lemuel Clap in 1767. The house was purchased by Historical Society in 1945, and moved several hundred yards from Willow Court to its current location in 1957. Its rooms currently contain items from the Society’s historical collection.

Honestly, I’m not sure whether it is the Lemuel Clap House or the William Clapp House that is for sale. They are next door to each other. I’ll have to check it out, next time I’m in the neighborhood.

(This home is down the street from Boston’s oldest home, the James Black House, built circa 1650.)

MLS #: 70626972
Price: $349,000
Details: 4 beds, 4 baths, legally a four-family home, +/- 2,400 square feet, on a quarter-acre lot

Dennis Poulos of Justin Boston Properties has the listing.

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