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First settled by a party including Captain Wollaston in 1625, Quincy was originally part of the neighboring town of Braintree. Her famous early residents included presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as the legendary patriot John Hancock – known for signing his name to the Declaration of Independence in extra-large script “so that fat King George can read it without his glasses.” In 1792, the north precinct of Braintree became the town of Quincy, with residents opting to name the new town after Col. John Quincy, grandfather of Abigail Adams.

Today, visitors to Quincy can tour the birthplaces of both John Adams and John Quincy Adams as well as the Adams Mansion, the Summer White House for both presidents and home to their descendants until the early 20th century. Other historic sites include United First Parish Church – where both Adams presidents and their wives are buried – historic Hancock Cemetery and the Dorothy Quincy Homestead, the childhood home of John Hancock’s wife, Dorothy Quincy.

Known as the “Church of the Presidents,” this historic church was built from Quincy granite in 1828 with funds provided by John Adams.

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Open April 19 - November 11, Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Group tours are available upon request.

1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-0062

The John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces are the oldest presidential birthplaces in the United States.

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Open April 19 - November 10, 9am - 5pm daily

133 Franklin Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

Built in 1731, the Old House at Peace field became the residence of the Adams family for four generations from 1788 to 1927.

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Open April 19 - November 10, 9am - 5pm daily

135 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

Begin your Adams experience at the park Visitor Center and view the new park movie, Enduring Legacy: Four Generations of the Adams Family.

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Historic Houses and Visitor Center open April 19- Nov. 10, 9am-5pm daily. Visitor Center stays open Nov. 11

Visitor Center
1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

On June 17, 1775, Abigail Adams and her seven year old son John Quincy walked the short distance from their farm to the top of Penn’s Hill, where they observed the smoke and fire of the Battle of B

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Open dawn to dusk. Please respect that the cairn is situated in a residential neighborhood.

340 Franklin Street
Quincy, MA 02169

The son of Massachusetts’ governor and one of the principal founders of Connecticut, John Winthrop, Jr.

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Open dawn to dusk. Please respect that the furnace is situated in a residential neighborhood.

61 Crescent Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Built in 1844, old City Hall is one of the oldest functioning seats of government in the country.

1305 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-1295

President John Adams lived to be 90, and it is thought that his penchant for exercise was a contributing factor.

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Saturdays from May through October

One Merrymount Parkway
Quincy, MA 02170

The Adams Academy, built of Quincy granite, is an early and important example of Gothic revival architecture in America.

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Open mid-April - October Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm and Saturdays noon – 3 pm. Library open Monday through Friday, 9am to noon and by appointment year round.

8 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1144

This country estate overlooking Quincy Bay transports visitors to the Revolutionary War era and tells the story of a woman’s work to preserve her family’s history more than a hundred years later.

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Open first and third Saturday of the month from June - October. Group tours available by appointment.

Josiah Quincy House, a Historic New England Property
20 Muirhead Street
Quincy, MA 02170
Phone: 617-994-5930

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