Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park is located in the City of Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, approximately ten miles south of Boston. The site comprises 11 historic structures and a cultural landscape totaling almost 14 acres. The site provides a unique opportunity for preservation, education and participation in the history and development of the United States, the Revolutionary War, and the United States Presidency.

The story encompasses five generations of the Adams family (from 1720 to 1927) including two Presidents and First Ladies, three United States Ministers, historians, writers and family members who supported and contributed to the success of these public figures. The site’s main historic features include: John Adams Birthplace, where second United States President John Adams was born on October 30, 1735, and less than 75 yards away the John Quincy Adams Birthplace, where his son, John Quincy Adams, 6th United States President was born on July 11, 1767; the “Old House,” home to four generations of the Adams family; the United First Parish Church, where both Presidents and the First Ladies are entombed in the Adams family crypt. There is an off-site visitor center located within one mile of the historic structures.

The park provides a trolley bus that offers transportation between sites.

Adams Mansion National Historic Site – December 9, 1946
Adams National Historic Site – November 26, 1952
Adams National Historical Park – November 2, 1998

Regularly scheduled tours of the historic homes, are offered in season and an active family-oriented special events program runs throughout the year. An annual lecture series on topics relating to the Adams family’s legacy of public service is held during the last week of June. Please be aware that large bags or backpacks are not permitted in the historic homes and the only restrooms are located at the Visitor Center.

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