Teen Crashes into Abraham Lincoln's Historical Family Home to Avoid Squirrel on Road

A historical family home of Abraham Lincoln dating to the 17th century has reportedly been damaged in a car wreck in which a young woman swerved on the road to avoid hitting a stray animal.

According to a news release from the Hingham Police Department in Massachusetts, the unidentified 19-year-old driver crashed into the landmark on Thursday morning.

"On July 15, 2021 at 6:35am Officers responded to 182 North St. for a several reports that a car had driven into a house," police reported. "The driver said she 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."

According to a report from WNWO, first responders at the scene found the driver "sitting on the sidewalk" with about half of her 2014 Audi Q7 lodged in the living room.

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Known as the Samuel Lincoln Cottage to the Library of Congress, it was constructed in 1650, a year after Lincoln's great-grandfather reportedly settled in Massachusetts. According to the Migrations Memorial Project, the house received a historical designation in 1930, after seven generations of Lincoln descendants resided in the home.

Samuel was one of the first English settlers in the Hingham area, according to the University of Illinois Library. Many of his descendants, like Abraham, went on to have fruitful political careers.

According to the report from WNWO, his bloodline includes Enoch Lincoln, the governor of Maine from 1827 to 1829; Levi Lincoln Sr., a former member of the House of Representatives and the Senate before becoming the fourth attorney general under Thomas Jefferson; and Levi Lincoln Jr., the governor of Massachusetts from 1825 to 1834.

Police were reportedly alerted to the accident after a 9-year-old neighbor heard the crash.

"I heard a loud boom," Will Keefer told WHDH. "I looked out the window and there was a car stuck halfway through the house....I got my parents to call 911. It was pretty crazy."

Abraham Lincoln house car crash
A teenage driver attempting to avoid a squirrel in the road crashed into a historical family home of Abraham Lincoln in Hingham, Massachusetts. Above, the 16th American president goes through documents. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

While marked with a historical designation, the Samuel Lincoln Cottage is being used as a residence. The current homeowners reportedly plan to repair the living room and a sign that was damaged in the crash, according to WNWO.

No one was seriously injured in the crash. Hingham police reportedly issued a traffic citation to the driver "for failing to stay in marked lanes," the news release said.

Newsweek reached out to the Hingham Police Department for additional comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

In May, a digital artist went viral for bringing the founding fathers and notable presidents "to life"with modern technology. Using digital editing tools, a Redditor was able to produce modern-day presidential photographs of presidents Lincoln, Jackson, Franklin and Jefferson. In November 2020, a local news broadcast also turned heads when its coverage of an anti-mask COVID-19 protest featured a Lincoln lookalike, much to the surprise of viewers.