B&B planned for Hersey House


The owner of the Hersey House is putting an addition on the historic structure and plans to turn it into a three-bedroom bed-and-breakfast and a single-family home. Mary Savage Dunham, Hingham’s director of community planning, said “the B&B would be in the original part of the house, and the single-family use would be in the newer portion.” The building, at 229 North St., was constructed by an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln in 1750 and given to the town by Ira Hersey in 1948. After a lengthy dispute over a proposed sale to developer Thomas Hastings was settled two years ago, neighbor John McDowell bought the property in April 2011 for $1.25 million. McDowell did not return phone calls seeking comment, and Dunham did not have a timeline for the town’s approval process or construction.

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