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2 South Lane

2 South Lane

Jeremiah Hersey House ~ 2 South Lane

(formerly 134 South Street)

1755

This Cape Cod house was built in 1755 by Jeremiah Hersey (1697-1790), after the original home on the site burned down in 1749. Jeremiah was a cooper by trade and a descendent of original Hingham settler William Hersey, who emigrated from Berkshire, England in 1635. Jeremiah and his wife moved into the house with 5 of their 8 surviving children. Their youngest, Gilbert age 8, had been born when she was 47 years old

The large lot once boasted an apple orchard, and property records indicate that the interesting diagonal placement of the home may have occurred when the home was moved further away from South Street sometime after 1900.

The Jeremiah Hersey House is one of the oldest of the many antique Hersey homes in Hingham, a number of which are located in the vicinity on South Street. Five generations of Herseys lived in the house before it was sold in 1926. Soon after the sale, parcels of the original lot that stretched back off the road and up the hill were sold, making way for homes at 6, 7, 11, and 14 South Lane.

For several generations, more than one Hersey family lived in the house, which prompted its conversion to a “two-family” home and the addition of a shed dormer and two gables in the front slope of the roof and a large ridge roof wing to the rear. Despite these early alterations to increase the size and number of bedrooms on the second floor, the home retained its original footprint and today is a prime example of a mid-eighteenth century Cape Cod home, preserved both inside and out. The interior boasts the original wide-plank floors, chimneys, and paneling and wainscoting throughout the first floor. When the kitchen was renovated by the current homeowner, careful attention was paid to preserving the charm, character and historic identity of the home.

A detail from the 1857 map of Hingham Village shows some of the many Hersey descendants and relatives of Jeremiah living along South Street, before the construction of South Lane. Jeremiah’s original homestead is circled.

A detail from the 1857 map of Hingham Village shows some of the many Hersey descendants and relatives of Jeremiah living along South Street, before the construction of South Lane. Jeremiah’s original homestead is circled.

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