Path of Presidents

Follow the Path of Presidents: eleven United States Presidents, lived, visited friends, gave speeches, and dined in the communities south of Boston. Did you know that James Garfield slept at the Old House at Peace Field, that Harry Truman spoke on the steps of the United First Parish Church, and that George H. W. Bush was born in Milton? 

From obvious locations such as Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge and John F. Kennedy’s birthplace in Brookline, to obscure homes that belonged to William Howard Taft and Grover Cleveland, the Path of Presidents will illustrate that almost every American president – including Jefferson, Lincoln, and both Roosevelts – came to Boston and influenced the city’s history, as Boston influenced theirs. 

The Path of Presidents is a collaborative undertaking led by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Key stakeholders include the Massachusetts Historical Society, Old State House Museum, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Freedom Trail Foundation, Discover Quincy, Cambridge Office for Tourism, and the Adams National Historical Park

 

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

Hours: 

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.

Hours: 

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.

Hours: 

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.

Hours: 

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

Hours: 

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

340 Franklin Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Mt Wollaston Tomb Stones

One of America’s earliest garden cemeteries, the first two plots were ceremoniously purchased on May 5, 1856 by Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

Hours: 

Open dawn to dusk.

20 Sea Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-1295

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: 617-376-1000

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

Hours: 

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.

Hours: 

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

The Suffolk Resolves, which were signed here on September 9, 1774 and carried by Paul Revere to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, were a major development in colonial animosity leadin

Hours: 

Open limited Sundays 1-3pm

Suffolk Resolves House
1370 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA
Phone: 617-333-9700

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Path of Presidents