Josiah Quincy House

Josiah Quincy House Country estate built in 1770 by Josiah Quincy located in Quincy, Mass. Significant family collection preserved by Eliza Susan Quincy in the 19th century.

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. Revolutionary leader Josiah Quincy built the house in 1770. Quincy and his family played key roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts for generations, producing three mayors of Boston and a president of Harvard. In the early 1880s Eliza Susan Quincy made it her life’s work to document the historic significance of her family’s home. She kept journals, inventoried the contents of the house, commissioned photographs of the interior, and persuaded relatives to return heirlooms so that the house could become a repository of Quincy family history. Among the house's unusual features is its “monitor,” or half-story space above the roof with small windows on all sides. From this prospect Colonel Quincy had a clear view of shipping lanes in and out of Boston Harbor, and during the months leading up to the Revolution, he spent hours watching troop movements. On October 10, 1775, he scratched “Governor Gage sail'd for England with a fair wind” into one of the windows of the monitor roof. That pane of glass was carefully preserved by the family, and is on display at Quincy House today. Visitors also see two remarkable examples of New England furniture making: a high chest that miraculously survived two fires and a rare mahogany bombé chest that is one of only forty of its kind. Open June 1 - October 15 First and Third Saturdays 11 am - 4 pm Tours on the hour. Historic New England members tour for free.

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While the Quincy House remains closed to the public, please see this important announcement from Historic New England th...
04/07/2020
Experience history at home | Historic New England

While the Quincy House remains closed to the public, please see this important announcement from Historic New England the reopening of our sites:

NEW CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (6/11/20):
Twelve of our beautiful historic landscapes are officially open. The historic house museums, outbuildings, museum shops, and public restrooms remain temporarily closed. See a full list of open landscapes and more details at https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-england-opens-twelve-landscapes-in-five-states/.
In addition to reopening some of our landscapes, we are scheduling new ticketed events. Many of these events take place outside and will enforce health and safety protocols. Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/ to view our event lineup.
Our priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, visitors, and the communities in which we live and work. For our full statement with more information, including ways to experience history at home, please visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-r…/

Visit the Quincy House for a unique perspective on its collection of art from Asia on September 24, 10 a.m.
09/01/2016
Asian Art at Quincy House

Visit the Quincy House for a unique perspective on its collection of art from Asia on September 24, 10 a.m.

Asian Art at Quincy House: Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon. . Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.. . Asian art and culture has l

08/12/2016
Let's Grow, Build and Learn

Join us for this fun kids program at the Quincy House on Thursday!

Let's Grow, Build and Learn: Thursday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. - noon. . Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.. . Join Historic New England e

Eliza Susan Quincy, one of Josiah Quincy III’s seven children, became the self-styled historian of the Quincy family. He...
08/21/2015

Eliza Susan Quincy, one of Josiah Quincy III’s seven children, became the self-styled historian of the Quincy family. Her recently restored bed chamber was known as the "Franklin Room". Family lore recounts that the august statesman Ben Franklin slept in this chamber on a visit to the house.

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10/30/2014

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20 Muirhead St
Quincy, MA
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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. Revolutionary leader Josiah Quincy built the house in 1770. Quincy and his family played key roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts for generations, producing three mayors of Boston and a president of Harvard. In the early 1880s Eliza Susan Quincy made it her life’s work to document the historic significance of her family’s home. She kept journals, inventoried the contents of the house, commissioned photographs of the interior, and persuaded relatives to return heirlooms so that the house could become a repository of Quincy family history. Among the house's unusual features is its “monitor,” or half-story space above the roof with small windows on all sides. From this prospect Colonel Quincy had a clear view of shipping lanes in and out of Boston Harbor, and during the months leading up to the Revolution, he spent hours watching troop movements. On October 10, 1775, he scratched “Governor Gage sail'd for England with a fair wind” into one of the windows of the monitor roof. That pane of glass was carefully preserved by the family, and is on display at Quincy House today. Visitors also see two remarkable examples of New England furniture making: a high chest that miraculously survived two fires and a rare mahogany bombé chest that is one of only forty of its kind.

Quincy House is one of thirty-seven properties owned by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We save and share historic homes, open space, collections, and stories from the past to today. Learn more at HistoricNewEngland.org.


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