Abigail Adams Historical Society

Abigail Adams Historical Society The Society was founded in 1947 to save the Abigail Adams Birthplace and Homestead located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Abigail Adams Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of Abigail Adams Birthplace, a national historic site, in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

For more information, visiting hours, programming, and details on donation and volunteering, please visit our website at www.abigailadamsbirthplace.com

For more information, visiting hours, programming, and details on donation and volunteering, please visit our website at www.abigailadamsbirthplace.com

Mission: Abigail Adams Historical Society (AAHS) is dedicated to commemorating and educating a worldwide audience about the extraordinary life and times of Abigail Smith Adams, a national treasure, and her legacy of service to country; and to preserving and interpreting her birthplace, the place where her character and ideals were formed, as a resource and inspiration for all. AAHS is the steward for the preservation of Abigail Adams' birthplace and first home, from1744 to her marriage to John Adams in 1764. The Society offers tours of the house and presents programs on this remarkable American, her family, and the era in which she lived.

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Royall House & Slave Quarters
Royall House & Slave Quarters

Royall House & Slave Quarters

"It was strange to realize that providing a holistic account of what slavery was, and the horror it wrought, might be understood as indoctrination—especially if the only stories one has been told about America have been cloaked in the one-dimensional mythology of exceptionalism.

"... the truth is that our country is not made worse by young people reckoning fully with the legacy of slavery. Such reckoning better prepares them to make sense of how our country has come to be, and how to build systems and institutions predicated on justice rather than oppression. Nothing is more patriotic than that."

Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park

"I am very impatient to receive a letter from you. You indulged me so much in that Way in your last absence, that I now think I have a right to hear as often from you as you have leisure and opportunity to write. I hear that [Samuel Adams] wrote to his Son and [Thomas Cushing] to his Lady, but perhaps you did not know of the opportunity." - Abigail to John Adams, 2 September 1774 #onthisdate

Does your significant other or child not respond to your letters (or, in 2020, texts) as frequently as you'd wish? Abigail Adams understood.

Image: Abigail Adams by Benjamin Blythe. Abigail is around 22 years old at the time this portrait was painted. She is facing to the right. She has dark hair which is tied behind her neck. She is wearing a v neck dress with a pearl necklace choker. The dress is blue and pink.

Abigail would have approved!
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Abigail would have approved!

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history...

This is the home where Abigail Smith Adams and John Adams moved after they were married.

This is the home where Abigail Smith Adams and John Adams moved after they were married.

"It is really mortifying Sir, when a woman possessd of a common share of understanding considers the difference of Education between the male and female Sex, even in those families where Education is attended too.... Nay why should your sex wish for such a disparity in those whom they one day intend for companions and associates. Pardon me Sir if I cannot help sometimes suspecting that this Neglect arises in some measure from an ungenerous jealosy of rivals near the Throne..." - Abigail Adams to John Thaxter, 15 February 1778

Image: The back view of the John Quincy Adams Birthplace. It is a light grey saltbox style home with a brick chimney in the middle of the roof and a yellow door.



Today is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. One of the pioneers of the women's suffrage movement was Lucy Stone of West Brookfield. Her letters are available through the Digital Commonwealth and a bust of her is on display at the Boston Public Library. http://ow.ly/1EPp50B2tXZ

Join our friends outdoors in Hingham until we are ready to reopen.

Join our friends outdoors in Hingham until we are ready to reopen.

Explore historic #Hingham! Downtown walking tours every Thursday, Friday & Saturday $15 | $10 Members | Free for Children under 12 | One hour | One mile | Buy tickets in link 👆

Hingham Historical Society

Good things are happening with our friends at Hingham Historical Society with the purchase of this historic home.

Thank you, Hingham. With today’s Town Meeting vote for Community Preservation Funds for the Benjamin Lincoln House, you support our efforts to make this National Historic Landmark a public site- to inform and inspire for another 350 years. Thank you https://youtu.be/OdE4QgNeheY



Day 3: Healthcare workers on the front lines

In recognition of all of the individuals working on the front lines in healthcare and public health during the coronavirus pandemic, today’s posts focus in on the physicians who inoculated John and Abigail Adams and their four children against the ever-present danger of smallpox.

Part 2: Abigail Adams and Public Health during wartime.

Abigail and her children were inoculated for smallpox in July, 1776 while John Adams was serving in Philadelphia. The end of the Siege of Boston in March of that year had led to a new outbreak of smallpox as the disease was carried out of the liberated town into the surrounding countryside. In response, members of Boston’s medical community including Dr. Thomas Bulfinch set up inoculation hospitals to combat the spread of the dreaded disease. Abigail’s letters to her cousin John Thaxter and to John Adams reveal the urgency and the cost she and others faced as she tried to keep her family safe.

“As you have always expressd a desire to have the small pox with my family I write to let you know that we go next thursday. If you chuse to enter as part of my family at 18 Shillings per week, paying your doctor for innoculation which I hear is a Guiney you may send me word immediately… The time allowed is short, so that we must go this week. Dr. Bulfinch is our Physician, says no occasion of any previous preparation.”

Letter from Abigail Adams to John Thaxter, 7 July 1776. Adams Family Correspondence, vol. 2 [electronic edition]. Adams Papers Digital Edition, Massachusetts Historical Society. https://www.masshist.org/publications/adams-papers/index.php/view/ADMS-04-02-02-0020.

“I now date from Boston where I yesterday arrived and was with all 4 of our Little ones innoculated for the small pox…Dr. Bulfinch is our Physician. Such a Spirit of innoculation never before took place; the Town and every House in it, are as full as they can hold. I believe there are not less than 30 persons from Braintree... I knew your mind so perfectly upon the subject that I thought nothing, but our recovery would give you eaquel pleasure, and as to safety there was none.”

Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 13 July 1776. Adams Family Correspondence, vol. 2 [electronic edition]. Adams Papers Digital Edition, Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/publications/adams-papers/index.php/view/ADMS-04-02-02-0026

Portrait of Abigail Adams by Benjamin Blythe. Portrait of Dr. Thomas Bulfinch by Joseph Blackburn.

From our friends in Quincy.

From our friends in Quincy.

This week, in honor of Patriots’ Day 2020, and as our community, state, country and world grapple with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, we will be sharing daily posts featuring select letters, words and experiences of John and Abigail Adams. The contents of these posts come directly from digitized transcriptions of documents from the Adams Family Papers collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This unique historical collection includes the Biography and Autobiography of John Adams and over 1,100 of John and Abigail’s letters written over a span of 36 years.
Day 1: In recognition of the loss of life and in celebration of the lives of those who have passed, this series begins with an excerpt from John Adams’ Autobiography:
“On the 25 of May in this Year 1761, my venerable Father died in his 71st Year, beloved, esteemed and revered by all who knew him. Nothing that I can say or do,will can sufficiently express my Gratitude for his parental Kindness to me, or the great exalted Opinion I have of his Wisdom and Virtue. It was a melancholly House. My Father and Mother were seized at the same time with the violent Fever, a kind of Influenza, or an Epidemick was which carried off Seventeen Aged People in our Neighbourhood. My Mother remained ill in bed at my Fathers Funeral, but being younger than my Father and possessed of a stronger constitution, she happily recovered and lived to my inexpressible Comfort, till the Year 1797, when she died at almost ninety Years of Age. . .”

John Adams autobiography, part 1, "John Adams," through 1776, sheet 8 of 53 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/

Once again, Abigail’s is quoted!

Once again, Abigail’s is quoted!

On this day in 1776, the local newspapers in the city of Baltimore, Maryland published a notice acknowledging the efforts and sacrifices of the ladies. While the American Revolution was fought by the men, officially, it could not have been waged and won without the support and contributions of the women of the colonies. The papers announced:

“The necessity of taking all imaginable care of those who may happen to be wounded in the country’s cause, urges us to address our humane ladies, to lend us their kind assistance in furnishing us with linen rags and old sheeting, for bandages.”

The women of the colonies did more than just donate scraps of fabric for bandages. They performed many functions to support the men in the field. Among those who followed the Continental Army, camp followers they were though not in the meaning that term took on in later wars, took on many jobs to free the men to fight or to ease their load. The ladies cooked. They did laundry. They nursed the sick and wounded. Those who stayed home also did their part. They took care of the sick and injured soldiers in and around their towns and homes. They took over the family farms and ran the family businesses in the absence of their husbands. Some also worked as spies

There was another way in which the women supported the cause—the boycotts. The men of the First and Second Continental Congress might have been the ones to propose, approve, and institute the boycotts of British goods, but no such action would have succeeded with the cooperation of the women. Without their approval, no boycott would have worked.

One example is the boycott of British cloth. American homespun was not so fine, so comfortable, nor so stylish, but the impact on the men was merely that – comfort and style. The men to lend their support only had to not buy British goods. The ladies commitment was something else entirely. They had to spend hours spinning thread, weaving cloth, and then sewing clothes for the family. This they did up and down the colonies. It was also the women who found ways to make do when the British goods were no longer available. And sometimes it was the women who expressed their displeasure when a merchant did not honor the boycott or was caught hording goods. Women faced deprivation and hardship just as did their men if in different ways. Such was their dedication to the cause.

In a letter to her husband John, Abigail Adams said,

“...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”

Some see this as a message on women's rights. Others as a request for women to be accorded the same protections as the men. But women who had born the brunt of so much sacrifice and hardship had a right to also reap the blessing of liberty. Everyone who supports liberty deserves its blessings.

Our friends at National Parks:

Our friends at National Parks:

#DidYouKnow that you can purchase tickets in advance to visit Adams National Historical Park? Tickets are released 60 days in advance, which means that tickets are now available for opening day! Adams National Historical Park will be open from May 1 - October 31, 2020.


Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park

#OnThisDate, 1797, John Adams was sworn in as President of the United States. The following day he recorded his feelings in a letter to Abigail.

"My dearest Friend, your dearest Friend never had a more trying day than Yesterday. A Solenm Scene it was indeed and it was made more affecting to me by the Presence of the General, whose Countenance was as serene and unclouded as the day. He Seem'd to me to enjoy a Tryumph over me. Methought I heard him think Ay! I am fairly out and you fairly in! see which of Us will be happiest....C.J. Elsworth administered the oath and with great Energy. " - John to Abigail Adams, 5 March 1797

Image: John Adams by Gilbert Stuart

John Adams defended the British soldiers.

John Adams defended the British soldiers.

Here are all the programs, and exhibits recognizing the 250th anniversary of Boston Massacre.


Quincy Homestead 1686

Quincy Homestead 1686

"Wildly Exciting": Quincy Homestead and the Invention of Preservation Architecture - just a friendly reminder of this fascinating upcoming lecture on Saturday, February 1, at 10:30am, at Quincy Historical Society, 8 Adams Street - join us!

Royall House & Slave Quarters
Royall House & Slave Quarters

Royall House & Slave Quarters

The White House Historical Association's "Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood research initiative tells the stories of the enslaved and free African Americans who built, lived, and worked at the White House, as well as the surrounding homes on Lafayette Park." Read more at www.whitehousehistory.org/collections/slavery-in-the-presidents-neighborhood

This initiative is exploring all of the presidents' households, including those that reportedly didn't include enslaved workers. Turns out, it's not that simple.

"While the Adamses opposed slavery both morally and politically, they tolerated the practice in their daily lives and they may have hired out enslaved African Americans, paying wages to their owners, to work in the Vice President’s and President’s House."

Weymouth 400

Weymouth 400

It has been a good year of #rememberabigail. We are grateful for the our partners and patrons who have shared this past ...

It has been a good year of #rememberabigail. We are grateful for the our partners and patrons who have shared this past year with the Abigail Adams Historical Society.

Happy 275th Birthday, Abigail Adams!

First Image: Abigail Adams by Benjamin Blythe
Second Image: Abigail Adams by Gilbert Stuart

The last event commemorating #rememberabigail.
Church of the Presidents

The last event commemorating #rememberabigail.

A special evening of unique historical programming to honor the 275th birthday anniversary of First Lady Abigail Adams

Stop by the Birthplace tomorrow and join us as we celebrate Abigail Smith Adams' 275th Birthday. Last open hours of the ...

Stop by the Birthplace tomorrow and join us as we celebrate Abigail Smith Adams' 275th Birthday. Last open hours of the season Sunday, November 10 from 1-4 p.m.

Abigail Adams Birthplace renovations are going well, especially the work on the front of the house!

Beautiful day to celebrate Mr. Adams’ birthday at United First Parish Church (Unitarian Universalist) Quincy, MA.

Beautiful day to celebrate Mr. Adams’ birthday at United First Parish Church (Unitarian Universalist) Quincy, MA.

Join us in celebrating our 2nd president.

Join us in celebrating our 2nd president.

Happy 284th Birthday to the Second President of the United States, John Adams!

The afternoon tour is sold out! Grab tickets today for the morning trolley tour Cradle to Grave- Abigail Smith Adams: Ex...

The afternoon tour is sold out! Grab tickets today for the morning trolley tour Cradle to Grave- Abigail Smith Adams: Extraordinary Woman, Extraordinary Life. See our website for more details. Tour is Sunday, November 3 from 9-12. #tour #history #abigailadams #johnadams #quincy #weymouth

Photo Credit to Christa Savery Dunn. North Cemetery, neighbors to the Abigail Smith Adams Birthplace, and final resting ...

Photo Credit to Christa Savery Dunn. North Cemetery, neighbors to the Abigail Smith Adams Birthplace, and final resting place of Abigail's parents, The Rev. William and Elizabeth (Quincy) Smith.

George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

#OnThisDay in 1787, George Washington and 38 delegates signed the Constitution, creating a more perfect union, and one true national government: the United States of America 🇺🇸 #ConstitutionDay

Make it a weekend visiting historic homes, visit our friends in Quincy on Saturday and visit Abigail's Birthplace on Sun...

Make it a weekend visiting historic homes, visit our friends in Quincy on Saturday and visit Abigail's Birthplace on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Just a friendly reminder of the next Dorothy Quincy Homestead Tour this Saturday, 9/7 - why not end the summer and begin the school year with a walk through a house which has been standing at the corner of Butler Road (No. 34) and Hancock Street since 1686?
Come and visit us. We are open for tours 11am to 2:30pm with the last tour at 2pm. Tours are every half hour and are offered at no charge, but donations are gratefully received.
For more information about the Dorothy Quincy Homestead, check our website at nscdama.org


180 Norton St
Weymouth, MA

General information

The Birthplace of Abigail Smith Adams was built in 1685 for the Reverend Samuel Torrey, minister of The First Church in Weymouth. The original location was at the corner of North and East Streets, three hundred feet to the southeast of its present location. In 1738, the “Torrey Mansion” as it was known, was bought by Reverend William Smith, minister of The First Church, where he and his wife later lived all of their married life. Abigail Smith was born in the house on November 11, 1744 the second of four children born, where she resided the first 20 years of her life until she married John Adams in 1764. Abigail was a frequent visitor to the house after her marriage. In 1826 The First Church bought the birthplace for its first owned parsonage, but in 1838 found that it was so dilapidated that its members voted to build a new home on the same site. With the exception of the 1685 section, the house was torn down; some of the lumber was salvaged and used in new parsonage. The original gambrel-roofed house was sold to a local farmer, Nathaniel Ford, who towed it by oxen to his farm on Bridge Street, and used it to house farm workers. In 1947 the land and the building was acquired by the federal government to build federal housing. All of the farm’s buildings were marked for demolition. A few Weymouth residents, aware of the historic value of the birthplace, began strenuous efforts to save it. A citizen’s group was incorporated (AAHS) and the building was moved. On May 1, 1947, the Town of Weymouth released a lot of land at North and Norton Streets for the sum of one dollar. In October 1947 the old house, sawed in half, was moved to its new site on a new foundation, skillfully joined so that no trace appears in the house today. The Birthplace was stripped to the frame to restore it, as recommended by architectural historian Frank Chouteau Brown. The furnishings and articles of daily living seen in the house date to the period of Abigail’s residence and serve to illustrate what life was like in the mid-eighteenth century. Today, extensive restoration has confirmed the 17th century age and has preserved the unique structure for the future.


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Are we planning a celebration of her life in 2020? I will be there.
Historic New England is providing a StoryWalk and hands-on craft at the BCAC (Braintree Community Art Center) for families of all surrounding towns, on Tuesday August 21st and 28th from 10am-12pm. The 21st will be on gardening and farming the 28th will be on education and getting ready for back to school. Come join us for both! Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program. Rain or shine. Hope to see you there.
Researching Capt. James Adams U.E., born in 1765 . Trying to find out if he married Elizabeth Milton or Elizabeth Jenkins. Do you have info on Adams family through the subsequent generations or just in reference to Abigail ?? Thank you.
We live in such an interesting town, so many historical sites....
Unique way to view history!
Elm Street Cemetery Historic Tour Sunday October 22nd 3:00 PM. This year's tour will be different from our previous tours in that the group will all meet at 3:00 PM and be lead through the Cemetery as one group by Cemeterian and amateur historian Dave Crispin. Dave is a life long Braintree resident, one of our Society members and has been in cemeteries for over 46 years having been an employee at Blue Hill Cemetery all that time. He is also a recognized professional cemetery design engineer with the BSC Group of Boston. He is also active in the Massachusetts Cemetery Association and New England Cemetery Association. Join us at 3:00 PM Sunday October 22 to hear the tales of some of those resting at the historical site, one that has been exhumed, the fences and walls, trolly cars, the stones, the symbols, civil war soldiers, old yankees, slaves and perhaps a ghost story or two and maybe some singing! This year there is no reason to miss it... (the foot ball game is a night game). Parking is available behind First Congregational Church (across the street). This year, the town is placing matting (temporary pathways) on the grounds to aid in access around the cemetery. Donations to the Society are welcome! Rain Date October 29th same time. (Wish we had a rain date last year... remember is was rained out?)
Get your tickets and visit Braintree Farmers Market today! Great event, Fasano's Catering, live music by Comfort Street - BHS Farm to Table Supper. Beautiful outdoor venue! Thayer Birthplace open for free tours during the evening. You can also order tickets at Sustainable Braintree
3 Weymouth girls: Abigail, Abby & Abigael
A wonderful tour today for 2 Weymouth girls: Abby M. & Abigael Elizabeth Z.