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Sailors Snug Harbor Cemetery

The entrance is marked with a large slate headstone with an incised anchor and inscription: “Here rest retired mariners who in their later years made their home at the Sailor’s Snug Harbor which from 1856-1950 was situated southerly from here one third of a mile.” It is fitting the cemetery faces the sea that these … Read more

Souther Tide Mill

One of only five remaining grist mills in the United States, historic preservation work is currently underway. Built in 1806 on the bank of the Town River, the mill represents the birth of Quincy’s maritime and granite industries. Quincy granite shipped from here was used in notable sites including the Boston Custom House, Bunker Hill … Read more

Flags for Vets Island

With over 400 flags, Quincy’s newest tribute to Old Glory has become our city’s most patriotic site. This visually impressive field of flags honors those who served our country. Site and services held for Memorial Day and Veterans Day are coordinated by the Sons of American Legion Morrisette Post 294.

Granite Railway Incline

This historic site in the Blue Hills Reservation is an impressive remnant of the nation’s first commercial railroad (1826), which used horse-drawn cars to carry the massive granite blocks from the Quincy Quarries for building the Bunker Hill Monument to water transport on the Neponset River.

John Winthrop Jr. Iron Blast Furnace

The son of Massachusetts’ governor and one of the principal founders of Connecticut, John Winthrop, Jr. operated the first iron smelting furnace in the British colonies, one of the earliest industrial ventures in America (1645). You can view the excavated remains of the furnace, read about its history, and see artist’s renderings of the furnace … Read more

Josiah Quincy House

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 … Read more

Mt. Wollaston Cemetery

One of America’s earliest garden cemeteries, the first two plots were ceremoniously purchased on May 5, 1856 by Charles Francis Adams, Sr. A two and one half mile long stone wall, erected for the perimeter in 1934-35 by the Works Progress Administration, is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Morton who in 1625 led the … Read more

Maypole Hill

Thomas Morton, the first English person to build a plantation, known as Mar-e-Mount, on Massachusetts Bay in 1624, operated a successful trading post. On May Day, 1627, he erected a Maypole. The site is commemorated on the City’s Seal. Shown with a large tree on it, a historical marker notes the location, and its remains … Read more

Nut Island

Part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, and one of the few accessible by land, this property offers stellar vistas of the Boston skyline and other Harbor Islands. A great place to watch the sunset, this location is popular for walking, picnicking, or fishing from the pier.

Quincy Historical Society & Museum

The Adams Academy, built of Quincy granite, is an early and important example of Gothic revival architecture in America. Endowed by John Adams as a preparatory school for boys, it was built on the site where the legendary patriot John Hancock was born. Now home to the Quincy Historical Society whose museum showcases the city’s … Read more