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.

Home to the Weymouth Historical Society, the homestead houses a genealogical library with Weymouth records from the 1600’s, a shoe shop which is original to the homestead, a military room with memo


Open Wednesdays 9 am – 1 pm, excluding holidays and by appointment.

238 Park Avenue
South Weymouth, MA
Phone: 781-340-1022

Named for Private First Class William R.

Quincy Shore Drive
Quincy, MA 02170
Phone: 617-376-1253

As First Lady to the 2nd President of the United States and mother of the 6th President, Abigail is one of the most respected and influential women of the early revolutionary period of American his


Open second Sunday of the month from June - November. Private tours available by appointment.

180 Norton Street
Weymouth, MA 02191
Phone: 781-277-1271

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


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

From 1630 to 1854, Quincy’s most illustrious residents and civic leaders were buried here; Henry Adams, the first Adams to live in Quincy and ancestor of John Adams; Colonel John Quincy, for whom t

1307 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA

The earliest surviving home of the Quincy family, this house was built in 1686 by Edmund Quincy and greatly expanded and remodeled in 1706 displaying the evolution of colonial architecture.


Open limited Saturdays May - September. Private showings and group tours available.

34 Butler Road
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-742-3190


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