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The Marrett and Nathan Munroe House in Lexington, built before the American Revolution, is up for sale.
The Marrett and Nathan Munroe House in Lexington, built before the American Revolution, is up for sale. Courtesy of Jessica Howe/Property Precision

If the Marrett and Nathan Munroe House could give a first-hand account of the Battle of Lexington, it would direct all eyes to the window shot by a British musket.

The hole the musket ball made remains.

Built in 1729, the house continues to stand overlooking historic Lexington Green, where the April 19, 1775, battle helped kick off the American Revolution.

Today, 1906 Massachusetts Ave. is looking for its next residents, the latest on a list that extends to John Munroe and his children, including his sons Marrett and Nathan, who was one of the few minutemen able to get a shot off at British forces during the battle, according to Lester Savage, the listing agent for the property who is involved with the Lexington Historical Society.

“When you start to imagine, that’s really quite impressive,” he said, noting that about 80 Colonial militiamen faced hundreds of British soldiers. “They stood on the green and didn’t know what to expect. It makes you nervous just thinking about it if you were in their shoes.”

Listed at $1,850,000, the nearly 300-year-old house offers five bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths, and 3,755 square feet of living space. The home — which has wood floors, exposed beams, a fireplace, a sleeping porch off the master bedroom, and a screen porch  — sits on a lot of nearly three-quarters of an acre.

“This owner has reclaimed a lot of it and has put in beautiful gardens,” Savage said of the yard, noting the hydrangeas, azaleas, and other plantings. “When you’re back there, you wouldn’t know that you’re right in the heart of the town center.”

Inside the home, you know you’re in the heart of history. Savage said he found where the musket bullet hole is. “When I did the broker’s inspection, I did a little scavenger hunt,” he said, noting that one of the beams in the dining room is carved with the date the home was built.

Nathan Munroe served on the town’s Board of Selectmen. John Munroe was also a prominent figure in Lexington at the time, serving as assessor, according to lexingtonminutemen.com.

The home is “really looking for the next caretaker … who will love it as much as everyone else has,” Savage said.

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