Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park Grounds are now open through October 31st Adams National Historical Park, formerly Adams National Historic Site, in Quincy, Massachusetts, preserves the home of Presidents of the United States John Adams and John Quincy Adams, of U.S.

Ambassador to Great Britain, Charles Francis Adams, and of the writers and historians Henry Adams and Brooks Adams. The national historical park's eleven buildings tell the story of five generations of the Adams family (from 1720 to 1927) including Presidents, First Ladies, U.S. Ministers, historians, writers, and family members who supported and contributed to their success. In addition to Peacef

Ambassador to Great Britain, Charles Francis Adams, and of the writers and historians Henry Adams and Brooks Adams. The national historical park's eleven buildings tell the story of five generations of the Adams family (from 1720 to 1927) including Presidents, First Ladies, U.S. Ministers, historians, writers, and family members who supported and contributed to their success. In addition to Peacef

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Adams National Historical Park is honored to participate in the annual wreath-laying ceremony celebrating President John...
10/22/2021

Adams National Historical Park is honored to participate in the annual wreath-laying ceremony celebrating President John Adams’ on the anniversary of his birth. The event will take place Friday, October 29, at noon at the United First Parish Church at 1306 Hancock Street in Quincy, MA.

Mayor, Thomas Koch, and Kelly Cobble, Curator for Adams National Historical Park will mark the occasion with a few words highlighting the theme of “Duty”. A representative from the Navy Operational Support Center Quincy will serve as President Joseph Biden’s representative for the official ceremony. To highlight John Adams contributions to education, a student from each of the city’s three high schools will represent their school in reading an essay to celebrating Adams’ life.

Admission to the wreath-laying ceremony, the Adams Crypt, and the Church Sanctuary are free and no sign up is necessary. Volunteers will be available for tours after the ceremony. For more information, please contact Bill Westland at 617.773.1290

Image Description: A gray stone tomb is laid out diagonally with an American flag across the top. The tomb is surrounded by white walls.

Photo Credit: United First Parish Church

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Adams National Historical Park is honored to participate in the annual wreath-laying ceremony celebrating President John Adams’ on the anniversary of his birth. The event will take place Friday, October 29, at noon at the United First Parish Church at 1306 Hancock Street in Quincy, MA.

Mayor, Thomas Koch, and Kelly Cobble, Curator for Adams National Historical Park will mark the occasion with a few words highlighting the theme of “Duty”. A representative from the Navy Operational Support Center Quincy will serve as President Joseph Biden’s representative for the official ceremony. To highlight John Adams contributions to education, a student from each of the city’s three high schools will represent their school in reading an essay to celebrating Adams’ life.

Admission to the wreath-laying ceremony, the Adams Crypt, and the Church Sanctuary are free and no sign up is necessary. Volunteers will be available for tours after the ceremony. For more information, please contact Bill Westland at 617.773.1290

Image Description: A gray stone tomb is laid out diagonally with an American flag across the top. The tomb is surrounded by white walls.

Photo Credit: United First Parish Church

#AdamsNationalHistoricalPark #JohnAdams #FindYourPark

Fall is finally upon us here at Adams National Historical Park and with it the beautiful turning of the leaves. Don’t mi...
10/20/2021

Fall is finally upon us here at Adams National Historical Park and with it the beautiful turning of the leaves. Don’t miss this chance to take in the #FallColors with us! Book a tour of the birthplaces or take a stroll through the grounds at the Old House and experience the foliage firsthand.

Rangers will be available to provide tours at the birthplaces and information at the Old House through October 31. Go to our website (link in comments) to reserve tickets and plan your visit.

NPS Photo/ NPS Staff

#FallInToAdventure #FallGarden #FindYourPark #AdamsNationalHistoricalPark #fallfoliage

Image Description: In the foreground a gray stone path leads to a large gray house with black shutters. To the left is a library covered in leaves and in front of the library is a large tree with orange and yellow leaves still clinging to its branches.

Fall is finally upon us here at Adams National Historical Park and with it the beautiful turning of the leaves. Don’t miss this chance to take in the #FallColors with us! Book a tour of the birthplaces or take a stroll through the grounds at the Old House and experience the foliage firsthand.

Rangers will be available to provide tours at the birthplaces and information at the Old House through October 31. Go to our website (link in comments) to reserve tickets and plan your visit.

NPS Photo/ NPS Staff

#FallInToAdventure #FallGarden #FindYourPark #AdamsNationalHistoricalPark #fallfoliage

Image Description: In the foreground a gray stone path leads to a large gray house with black shutters. To the left is a library covered in leaves and in front of the library is a large tree with orange and yellow leaves still clinging to its branches.

Visit Adams National Historical Park and you may see one of our resident Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis). Red-taile...
10/17/2021

Visit Adams National Historical Park and you may see one of our resident Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis). Red-tailed Hawks often perch on telephone poles, fence posts, and trees. At the park, they also enjoy the lofty views from the stone library’s weathervane. Fall is a great time to catch hawks as well as bluebirds, cardinals and other gorgeous species on our grounds. While birdwatching, please remember to keep a respectful distance from all wildlife.

What birds or other wildlife have you seen during a visit to Adams? Post images below of any sightings you’ve had at the park and we just might post them this winter!

NPS Photo/ NPS Staff

#FallInToAdventure #FallGarden #FindYourPark #AdamsNationalHistoricalPark #redtailedhawk

Image Description: A bird with brown and white feathers perches on a thick tree branch of a tree and looks to its left. The hawk is surrounded by gray and brown tree branches and green leaves.

Visit Adams National Historical Park and you may see one of our resident Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis). Red-tailed Hawks often perch on telephone poles, fence posts, and trees. At the park, they also enjoy the lofty views from the stone library’s weathervane. Fall is a great time to catch hawks as well as bluebirds, cardinals and other gorgeous species on our grounds. While birdwatching, please remember to keep a respectful distance from all wildlife.

What birds or other wildlife have you seen during a visit to Adams? Post images below of any sightings you’ve had at the park and we just might post them this winter!

NPS Photo/ NPS Staff

#FallInToAdventure #FallGarden #FindYourPark #AdamsNationalHistoricalPark #redtailedhawk

Image Description: A bird with brown and white feathers perches on a thick tree branch of a tree and looks to its left. The hawk is surrounded by gray and brown tree branches and green leaves.

“....I know how closely entwined arround a parents heart, are those Chords which bind the filial to the parental Bosom, ...
10/15/2021

“....I know how closely entwined arround a parents heart, are those Chords which bind the filial to the parental Bosom, and when snaped assunder, how agonizing the pangs of seperation I have tasted of the bitter cup....” Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 20May1804.

In 1804, Abigail Adams broke the longstanding silence between Thomas Jefferson and the Adamses to send condolences on the loss of Jefferson’s daughter Mary in 1804. Abigail herself had by this time already suffered the loss of three children: a daughter Susanna who died at 13 months of age, a stillborn daughter named Elizabeth, and most recently her son Charles who had died in the midst of the election of 1800 that would create division between the two families. (AK)

Letter to Thomas Jefferson from Abigail Adams, 20 May 1804 (archives.gov)

#ReflectionsonLoss #AdamsNationalHistoricalPark President Lincoln's Cottage Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Image Description: Wooden cradle with white linens in front of a white backdrop.

“....I know how closely entwined arround a parents heart, are those Chords which bind the filial to the parental Bosom, and when snaped assunder, how agonizing the pangs of seperation I have tasted of the bitter cup....” Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 20May1804.

In 1804, Abigail Adams broke the longstanding silence between Thomas Jefferson and the Adamses to send condolences on the loss of Jefferson’s daughter Mary in 1804. Abigail herself had by this time already suffered the loss of three children: a daughter Susanna who died at 13 months of age, a stillborn daughter named Elizabeth, and most recently her son Charles who had died in the midst of the election of 1800 that would create division between the two families. (AK)

Letter to Thomas Jefferson from Abigail Adams, 20 May 1804 (archives.gov)

#ReflectionsonLoss #AdamsNationalHistoricalPark President Lincoln's Cottage Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Image Description: Wooden cradle with white linens in front of a white backdrop.

10/14/2021

Kicking off #Unfinished250 a celebration of discovery the untold stories of #REV250 #RemixRevolution!

Free, guided tours of the Hancock Cemetery in downtown Quincy are available through the end of October! Join a ranger on...
10/13/2021

Free, guided tours of the Hancock Cemetery in downtown Quincy are available through the end of October! Join a ranger on Sundays and Thursdays from 11am – 2pm to learn about the final resting places of some of Quincy’s most prominent citizens and about gravestone symbols. What does a sun on a gravestone represent? Or an hourglass? The park rangers await all your questions!
After your tour, visit United First Parish Church, the “Church of the Presidents,” across the street from the cemetery. Tours of the church and crypt are available from 11am – 4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and from 12pm – 4pm on Sundays. (JF)
NPS Photo / J. Fontana
#FallInToAdventure #FindYourPark #AdamsNationalHistoricalPark
United First Parish Church (Unitarian Universalist) Quincy, MA
Image Description: A park ranger speaks with visitors in front of gravestones and a gray structure with lettering “J. Q. Adams” built into the ground.

Free, guided tours of the Hancock Cemetery in downtown Quincy are available through the end of October! Join a ranger on Sundays and Thursdays from 11am – 2pm to learn about the final resting places of some of Quincy’s most prominent citizens and about gravestone symbols. What does a sun on a gravestone represent? Or an hourglass? The park rangers await all your questions!
After your tour, visit United First Parish Church, the “Church of the Presidents,” across the street from the cemetery. Tours of the church and crypt are available from 11am – 4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and from 12pm – 4pm on Sundays. (JF)
NPS Photo / J. Fontana
#FallInToAdventure #FindYourPark #AdamsNationalHistoricalPark
United First Parish Church (Unitarian Universalist) Quincy, MA
Image Description: A park ranger speaks with visitors in front of gravestones and a gray structure with lettering “J. Q. Adams” built into the ground.

09/27/2021

We encourage you to visit our neighbors at the "Dorothy Quincy Homestead" Beginning today, Monday, September 27 thru Friday, October 8, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (NSCDA-MA) will sponsor a locational archaeological survey and site examination project on the Quincy Homestead grounds to identify any remains of the c. 1635 Edmund Quincy I house. The main purpose of the investigation will be to locate, identify, and – to the extent possible – evaluate and preserve any potentially significant archaeological resources.
With funding from The City of Quincy Community Preservation Fund, the archaeological expertise of The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL) and support from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), PAL professionals will perform the fieldwork (Monday-Friday) during the two week period, analyze their findings, and deliver a formal technical report that will address the entire property. The NSCDA- MA will then have a planning document to help anticipate and manage archaeological resources in advance of future ground-disturbing projects on the property.
Note: The Dorothy Quincy Homestead was purchased in 1904 by the NSCDA-MA. The grounds and buildings are owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and operated in cooperation with NSCDA-MA in a public-private partnership. Only dogs on leash are allowed on the property per DCR.
For information regarding this Press Release, please contact:
Martha Curtis O’Connell
Email: [email protected]

The NPS is proud to contribute to the community of Quincy, especially on #WorldTourismDay. For 75 years our events and t...
09/27/2021

The NPS is proud to contribute to the community of Quincy, especially on #WorldTourismDay. For 75 years our events and tours have not only educated the public about the rich history of the Adams family but also give visitors the opportunity to explore and support the local business and restaurants in this great city. If you're looking for a fun adventure today, stop by and take a tour of the birthplaces or stroll through our beautiful gardens and treat yourself to the other fun sites Quincy has to offer.

For more information on the economic benefit of a National Park in your community go to https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm

The NPS is proud to contribute to the community of Quincy, especially on #WorldTourismDay. For 75 years our events and tours have not only educated the public about the rich history of the Adams family but also give visitors the opportunity to explore and support the local business and restaurants in this great city. If you're looking for a fun adventure today, stop by and take a tour of the birthplaces or stroll through our beautiful gardens and treat yourself to the other fun sites Quincy has to offer.

For more information on the economic benefit of a National Park in your community go to https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm

We think Pirates deserve a week- so we are starting our week with "Talk like a Pirate" day. You might not think pirates ...
09/20/2021

We think Pirates deserve a week- so we are starting our week with "Talk like a Pirate" day. You might not think pirates and our founding fathers go hand in hand, but #DYK that John Hancock - most known for his big signature and defiance of King George - made his fortune smuggling goods into the US on merchant ships? Since the British had imposed high taxes on imports, Hancock resorted to some rather unsavory methods to bring items into the country undetected. In 1768 his ship The Liberty was even seized by the British and Hancock was charged with pirating hidden casks of wine. Fortunately, his good friend, John Adams, defended him in court and got the charges dropped, keeping Hancock from "walking the plank."
#PiratesNPS #TalkLikeAPirateDay #JohnAdams #JohnHancock

Happy Constitution Day!! In this room, on Franklin Street in Quincy, MA, John Adams drafted the Massachusetts Constituti...
09/17/2021

Happy Constitution Day!! In this room, on Franklin Street in Quincy, MA, John Adams drafted the Massachusetts Constitution in the autumn of 1779. The room contains reproductions of John Adams’ law desk and his law books. John’s “Thoughts on Government” presenting the separation of powers and checks and balances to protect against the power of absolute government, provided the model for many states and our National Constitution.

Happy Constitution Day!! In this room, on Franklin Street in Quincy, MA, John Adams drafted the Massachusetts Constitution in the autumn of 1779. The room contains reproductions of John Adams’ law desk and his law books. John’s “Thoughts on Government” presenting the separation of powers and checks and balances to protect against the power of absolute government, provided the model for many states and our National Constitution.

Ranger guided tours of the Hancock CemeteryHancock Cemetery1305 Hancock Street | Quincy, MA 02169Join a Ranger from Adam...
09/16/2021

Ranger guided tours of the Hancock Cemetery
Hancock Cemetery
1305 Hancock Street | Quincy, MA 02169

Join a Ranger from Adams National Historical Park for free guided tours through the historic Hancock Cemetery, Sundays 11-2. Meet on the Adams-Hancock Green and learn about the many Adams family members buried in the cemetery. Other Patriots buried in the cemetery you will hear about are Colonel John Quincy, for whom the city is named; patriot Josiah Quincy, Veterans of the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. The memorials offer a chronicle of gravestone art from colonial winged skulls and cherubim, to Federalist classical motifs, to Quincy’s 19th-century role as the national center for granite quarrying and carving. The Cemetery is directly across from the “Church of the Presidents” which also offers tours of the architecture and Adams Family crypt; the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams.

Ranger guided tours of the Hancock Cemetery
Hancock Cemetery
1305 Hancock Street | Quincy, MA 02169

Join a Ranger from Adams National Historical Park for free guided tours through the historic Hancock Cemetery, Sundays 11-2. Meet on the Adams-Hancock Green and learn about the many Adams family members buried in the cemetery. Other Patriots buried in the cemetery you will hear about are Colonel John Quincy, for whom the city is named; patriot Josiah Quincy, Veterans of the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. The memorials offer a chronicle of gravestone art from colonial winged skulls and cherubim, to Federalist classical motifs, to Quincy’s 19th-century role as the national center for granite quarrying and carving. The Cemetery is directly across from the “Church of the Presidents” which also offers tours of the architecture and Adams Family crypt; the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams.

Don't miss the final Summer Outdoor Tour on Saturday, September 18, 2021!The Dorothy Quincy Homestead Committee will off...
09/14/2021

Don't miss the final Summer Outdoor Tour on Saturday, September 18, 2021!

The Dorothy Quincy Homestead Committee will offer the last in its outdoor tour series at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead from 11am – 2pm on Saturday, September 18. Docents will be available to welcome visitors and answer their questions as stories of the Edmund Quincy Family who first settled on the property in the 1630s are shared. It’s not too late to enjoy the last of the summer blooms in the lovely heritage gardens before fall is upon us. The lofty Joe-Pye w**d is typically buzzing with the bees and butterflies gathering sweet nectar in late summer.

Don't miss the final Summer Outdoor Tour on Saturday, September 18, 2021!

The Dorothy Quincy Homestead Committee will offer the last in its outdoor tour series at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead from 11am – 2pm on Saturday, September 18. Docents will be available to welcome visitors and answer their questions as stories of the Edmund Quincy Family who first settled on the property in the 1630s are shared. It’s not too late to enjoy the last of the summer blooms in the lovely heritage gardens before fall is upon us. The lofty Joe-Pye w**d is typically buzzing with the bees and butterflies gathering sweet nectar in late summer.

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I thought you might enjoy a collection of historically-oriented songs that I just released about U.S. Presidents. It has songs about both Adams and JQ Admas. Most lyrics are first-person fictional narratives. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nfE28vA4KXUTqfLemy-o-YQz2T7hfMwl0 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3zZCxRmv1Ikos9yhRsOMUE Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/potus/1533596042 Lyrics and Commentary: http://davidwj.com/potus.shtml
Hi, is the visitor center going to open with Phase 3 next week?
Are both John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams buried near Quincy, Massachusetts? What is the exact locations of their burial places?
I am just reading Marianne North's autobiography in which she states that she visited "Peacefield" in July - August 1871. She says, " He was a remarkably quiet man, but his good wife made up for it, and her genial chatter used to make him sit and shake with laughter". "It was a very pleasant family to be in, all the sons and their daughter had such a thorough respect for their parents".
I remember visiting this historical site, and I liked the staircase that is painted white, and a red carpet runner on it.
Awesome !
Couldn't make the name of the form of government that Adams advocated when it was a "Jeopardy" answer. Would anyone mind telling me, as it wasn't mentioned during my August visit.
https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&f%5Bcollection_name_ssim%5D%5B%5D=Leon+Abdalian+Collection&f%5Binstitution_name_ssim%5D%5B%5D=Boston+Public+Library&q=quincy Photos by Leon Abdalian were recently added to the digital commonwealth repository. The photos are from 1929, and include Peacefield, the birthplaces, United First Parish
Had a fantastic visit today! Very much enjoyed Ranger Jane and Ranger Mike. Their enthusiasm and knowledge about the subject was evident!!
So sad!
Lovely visit today! I'll have to come back another time.
I have often believed that John Adams was slighted by historians until David McCullough reversed this almost 20 years ago. I'd like to mention two points that IMHO make Adams the most important Founding Father other than Washington. 1) In the inaugural election, Adams received the second most electoral votes. Proof of how much esteem his fellow countrymen had for him. 2) An often overlooked precedent President Adams set. After losing the election of 1800, he didn't protest or raise an army to hold on to power. What did he do? He went home. Setting the precedent for the peaceful transfer of power.