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Paying a Visit to the Adams Historical Site in Massachusetts
Adams National Historic Park
Located in Quincy, Massachusetts about 45 minutes from Boston, the Adams National Historic Park is dedicated to the first father and son who both ascended to the presidency in the United States. John Adams, our second president, held office from 1797 to 1801, and his son, John Quincy Adams, was the 6th president from 1825 to 1829.
The site is divided into three distinct attractions for those wanting to visit. A comprehensive visitor’s center provides an overview of several generations of the family, including the two presidents. Their impact on early American life is underscored, particularly that of John Adams, who served as the first vice president and authorized the U.S. Constitution.
The birthplaces of both of the men are the second part of the site, and the family home, named the Old House, is the third. During the winter months, the homes are closed and only the visitor’s center is open, so if you want to see all three attractions, plan your visit from April through early November.
A trolley is available to shuttle visitors from one area to another, and we recommend this as the best way to experience the site. It should also be noted that a maximum of 10 visitors are taken on tours of the home, so be sure to plan ahead. Publicity and interest in the site has increased with a recent biography and television mini-series on the family, so it is not uncommon to experience a one to two hour wait.
In general, your best bet is to visit during the week if possible. Fall is an especially pleasant time to visit the Boson area, and crowds will be diminished versus the summer months. The park itself is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, although the last tour departs at 3:15 p.m. There is a nominal admission fee.
The Adams mansion houses an extensive collection of memorabilia donated by descendants of the two presidents. Included are prominent Americana items, such as John Adams personal copy of George Washington's farewell address to the nation in 1797. The home itself is a spectacular example of early New England architecture and dates back to 1730. It was home to four generations of the family through 1927.
The birthplaces are actually two structures that are located about 75 feet away from one another. They have both been meticulously preserved and maintained to reflect the time period when both men were born.
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