Driver dodging squirrel plows into Abraham Lincoln’s ancestral home

HINGHAM, Mass. — The good news is the squirrel was unharmed.

Unfortunately, the 19-year-old driver who swerved to prevent hitting the tree-dwelling rodent instead slammed her 2014 Audi Q7 into the Hingham, Massachusetts, home built by Samuel Lincoln, great-grandfather of the United States’ 16th president, The News & Observer reported.

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According to a news release issued by the Hingham Police Department, officers were called to the Samuel Lincoln Cottage just after 6:30 a.m. Thursday after the unidentified female driver “swerved to avoid a squirrel in the road and drove off the right side of the road, over the sidewalk, and into the front of the house.”

The driver, who was uninjured in the crash, was cited for failing to stay in marked lanes after about half of her car wound up in the historic cottage’s living room, The News & Observer reported.

According to WSET, Samuel Lincoln, one of eight early English settlers in Hingham, purchased the land for the home that would house seven generations of Abraham Lincoln’s ancestors in 1649 and completed its construction the following year. It was designated a historic location in 1930.

Samuel Lincoln’s other notable descendants include former Maine Gov. Enoch Lincoln; Levi Lincoln Sr., who served as a U.S. Representative and lieutenant governor for Massachusetts before serving as President Thomas Jefferson’s attorney general; and Levi Lincoln Jr., who served as a U.S. Representative and later governor of Massachusetts, the TV station reported.

Residents of the cottage, who were sleeping upstairs at the time of the crash, were also unharmed in the collision, The News & Observer reported.

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