An Historic House in Cambridge; the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

Travels across the United States

Hooper Lee Nichols House

Recently I had the opportunity to roam around a little closer to home than I usually do (practically my own neighborhood) with a docent led tour of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House on Brattle Street in Cambridge. Built in the late 17th century it is the second oldest house in Cambridge. The first being the Cooper-Frost-Austin House ca. 1681. I have known about the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House for years but had never been inside. What I learned on a tour of it was very interesting.

The first part of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, two rooms, were built by Richard Hooper in 1685. Hooper was a man of many “businesses” one of which had something to do with medicine. None of the businesses were very successful, when Richard died in 1690 his wife Elizabeth turned the house into a boarding house that served liquor. She died in 1701 in dire poverty, the house was empty…

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