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

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

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01/15/2021
What's happening this winter at Historic New England | Historic New England

While the Quincy House is closed for the season, we invite you to spend your winter with other Historic New England offerings! Between house tours, open landscapes, and a lineup of events for the New Year, we have in-person and virtual offerings for everyone.
Safety remains our priority. All guests must wear a mask. Events have limited capacity and are optimized for social distancing.
Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/whats-happening-this-winter/ to see our full lineup of what’s open through the rest of the winter season.

Eustis Estate, Milton, Mass.: Open for self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with one guided tour per day at 10:00 a.m. See the exhibition Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England as part of the tour experience. Plus, view the estate decorated for a ...

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.

Josiah Quincy House's cover photo
10/30/2014

Josiah Quincy House's cover photo

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Josiah Quincy House
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Josiah Quincy House

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20 Muirhead St
Quincy, MA
02170

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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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