The Lear House was built circa 1740 by Captain Tobias Lear III. It is an example of the Georgian architectural style with a graceful hip-roof. It was considered a mansion because of its size. Captain Tobias Lear III was the grandfather of Tobias Lear V, who served as the private secretary to President George Washington.
The Lear House is the childhood home of Tobias Lear V who was born in the home in 1762. Tobias Lear V returned with President Washington in 1789 during Washington's tour of New England. Washington visited with Tobias’ mother in the front parlor, while a crowd of citizens gathered in the street. The story of the Presidential visit is well documented and a celebrated piece of the city’s history.