Teen Driver Swerves To Miss Squirrel, Crashes Into Historic Lincoln Family Cottage

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A lucky squirrel caused all sorts of trouble for a not-so-lucky 19-year-old motorist recently when the driver swerved to miss the rodent and crashed into a historic home, causing extensive damage.

According to the Hingham, Massachusetts, Police Department, first responders arrived at the Samuel Lincoln Cottage to find a 2014 Audi Q7 crashed through the wall of the home’s living room. The house, built in 1650 by President Abraham Lincoln’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, is one of the town’s most historic properties.

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The current owners, who have occupied the home for 33 years, were upstairs sleeping and weren’t injured when the car crashed into their home. The female driver was also uninjured and was sitting on the sidewalk when first responders arrived on the scene.

Samuel Lincoln was one of eight early English settlers in Hingham, Massachusetts. He purchased the house lot in 1649 and constructed the home a year later. Seven generations of President Lincoln’s ancestors called the quaint cottage home. The historic location was dedicated in 1930.

Samuel’s fourth son, Mordecai Lincoln, was a distant uncle to the future President Abraham Lincoln, who was born in 1809 to Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln.