Home to the birthplaces and residences of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the second and sixth presidents of the United States, Adams National Historical Park provides insight into the lives and times of these men and their families. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the area was hotbed of thought and planning during the turbulent years of the American Revolution. Join a guided tour for access to the houses and library; you'll also learn more about what you see in each room and the daily lives of the Adams family, whose descendants lived here until 1927. Get here early if you want to go on a guided tour; tour space is limited and they are very popular. Make Adams National Historical Park part of your personalized Quincy itinerary using our Quincy holiday planner.
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We love visiting the Presidents' houses and the Parks Service has done a great job with this one. You get 3 house tours with this one ticket. John's father's house, John & Abby's first house, and then... more »
We decided not to wait around 2 hrs for the birthplace house tours and after watching short film at VC just walked over to the church. For a small voluntary donation got a nice private tour of the chu... more »
I've lived in Quincy for years, and haven't even touched the surface of the history here until now. It's amazing that these historic buildings are just scattered around the city. The tour was very inf... more »
This is where tour tickets are acquired to get you inside the birthplace homes at the corner of Presidents Ave & Franklin St. as well as their Peace field home at the corner of Adams St. and Newport Ave. A wonderful place to go for people interested in history and/or John Adams and John Quincy Adams. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and the Peace field home is almost all original. You can bring your camera but no pictures are allowed inside the homes.
Carolyne Volpe Curley
My tween daughter and I visited July 7 and had an excellent experience. But you do need to know some things in advance: 1. We arrived at 2:30pm. That's a tricky time period because a) the film is 30 minutes long b) the tours are at 2 1/2 hours long - and the one before us had left already, and then next (and last) wasn't until 3:15pm c) we also needed to get to the Burial Ground at the United First Parish Church, Quincy - which closes at 4pm We ended up buying the tickets - going right to the Church - coming afterwards to see about 10 minutes of the film - and then going on the tour. Obviously I wish I had done that all better. 2. In the rush I forgot to get our Parking ticket validated. You get a sticker that goes on the card. When you buy your ticket - get your parking sticker at the same time. 3. The film is very well done and I am going to search to see if it's online because I would have loved to see all of it. 4. There were about 20+ persons in our tour group - and we all got onto the trolley. There was a seat for everyone, but that's it - no extra room. 5. Our first stop was John Adams Birthplace - it seemed like it had barely been touched since Colonial Days it was very easy to imagine the time period. I particularly enjoyed being in the larger room where John Adams' father Deacon John Adams would host meetings that younger John sat in on and developed his own character. 6. Then we all walked over to John and Abigail’s Home: the John Quincy Adams Birthplace. I was happy to be in the place where the Massachusetts Constitution was written which became the cornerstone of our US Constitution. It was also quite easy to picture Abigail here raising (and nursing) her family alone while husband John was away at work and in Philadelphia starting the Nation. 7. Then it's back on the trolley and we drove a bit to John and Abigail's second home they named "Peace Field." This was a much more grander and modernized location as it served to be not only their homestead but continued to be a family location into the 20th Century. It is kept exactly as the family wants it to be displayed. Even though it was a notable historic location, as well as a political gathering place for the times - it definitely felt lived-in, warm and inviting. 8. From there we walked to The Stone Library - which I loved. Here Charles Francis Adams wrote many noteworthy histories of the Family and the country. 9. We then got on the Trolley again and returned to the Park Station, which was by then closed so plan your gift shop purchases ahead of time if you take the last tour. If you love America - you will love this tour. I highly recommend it.
This is a wonderful site. Be aware it is very disjointed it does not start at home. You must start at the visitors center and take a trolley to get the full story. The park folks do a wonderful job. The town of Quincy is a crazy layout and hard to make your way around. You'll need your Google maps at the ready. Too bad urban growth was allowed to smother this historic site.
Great docents. Abigail's flower garden is amazing. Don't miss John's library on the grounds.
In order to tour this park, you must go on a two part guided tour that leaves from the visitor center is downtown Quincy. Here are the two parts of the tour: 1. The birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Simple homes with some period pieces. 2. The family's estate. This home has housed 4 generations of Adams' and has almost all of the existing family heirlooms. The house and its history is nothing short of incredible.
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