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In the 1770s, a wealthy Philadelphia businessman named John Wallace purchased an old farmhouse and some land with the intent of establishing a farm to live on with his family. Construction of a new home on the property took some time, and then the American Revolution changed Mr. Wallace's plans a bit. The Wallace family home's first occupant was not a Wallace but a Washington, namely General George Washington, to be exact, who leased the home from December 1778 through June 1779. Today, the Wallace House is a museum dedicated to Washington's time in Somerville.