Feb. 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM ET
A close friend as well as distant cousin of Abraham Lincoln, Governor Andrew worked closely with the Federal government and Frederick Douglas to allow black men to join the Union army. He authorized the formation of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, who were immortalized in the film "Glory."
The classic Greek-revial style home was built in 1830 by Reverend Henry Hersey. Andrew used the home as his summer house while serving as governor from 1861 to 1966 . The home remained in the Andrew family until 1929.
Reportedly, Governor Andrew spoke of the property as "the home of his heart."
Situated on nearly three acres about 20 miles outside of Boston, the home features white columns, an elegant flagstone front porch and over 6,000 square feet of living space.
Current owners Tatiana and Alex Cochis purchased the home in 2009 for $1,381,000 and set out doing a full renovation in 2010. Much of the 5-bed, 4.5-bath home's original character, like its pumpkin pine flooring, marble fireplaces, and ceiling medallions and molding, were maintained in the remodel. Important upgrades in the kitchen include granite countertops and high-end appliances.
Despite its age, the Hingham home for sale is anything but stuffy.
"Our favorite feature of the house is the bright, sunny and open floor plan," Tatiana Cochis said.
See more photos of the home on Zillow.