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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 cityÂ’s … Read more

United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum & The USS Salem

Quincy’s proud shipbuilding history comes to life aboard this Cold War-era heavy cruiser. Berthed at her home port, the former Fore River Shipyard, the USS Salem also serves as home to the “Kilroy Was Here” catchphrase and the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum.

Quincy Quarry And Granite Workers Museum

Historic Preservation is underway at the Lyons Turning Mill on Quarry Hills Drive as it efforts to establish a museum to show the history of quarrying and stonecutting and its relationship to the industrialization of this industry as it relates to the history of Quincy. Built in 1894, the mill used giant lathes to turn … Read more

Salt Marsh Trail & National Sailors’ Home Cemetery

A half-mile long self-guided nature walk, designed to showcase the major plant and animal species that find their homes in and around the Quincy salt marsh, leads to a cemetery with the remains of US Navy veterans housed at the National SailorsÂ’ Home. The long rows of simple, shaped white marble stones set up a … Read more

Abigail Adams Birthplace

As First Lady to the 2nd  President of the United States and mother of the 6th President, Abigail is one of the most respected and influential women of the early revolutionary period of American history. Built in 1685, the Abigail Adams Birthplace was home to this exceptional woman for the first twenty years of her … Read more

Adams National Historical Park, Peace Field, The Summer White House

Built in 1731, the Old House at Peace field became the residence of the Adams family for four generations from 1788 to 1927. It was home to Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams; First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams; Civil War Minister to Great Britain Charles Francis Adams; and literary historians Henry and … Read more

Adams National Historical Park, Presidential Birthplaces

The John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces are the oldest presidential birthplaces in the United States. John Adams was born in the salt box house located only 75 feet away from the birthplace of his son John Quincy Adams. Young John and his bride Abigail started their family, the future President launched his career … Read more

Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center

Begin your Adams experience at the park Visitor Center and view the new park movie, Enduring Legacy: Four Generations of the Adams Family. Access to the three historic houses and Stone Library is by conducted tour only and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A trolley transports you on your full park tour and returns you … Read more

Adams Crypt At United First Parish Church

Known as the “Church of the Presidents,” this historic church was built from Quincy granite in 1828 with funds provided by John Adams. Tours of the church include a visit to the Adams Family crypt; the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams; … Read more

Abigail Adams Cairn

On June 17, 1775, Abigail Adams and her seven year old son John Quincy walked the short distance from their farm to the top of PennÂ’s Hill, where they observed the smoke and fire of the Battle of Bunker Hill. The cairn, an ancient form of commemoration, was erected by the Daughters of the Revolution in 1896. The cairnÂ’s stones … Read more