Historic Sites

Adams National Historical Park:

National Parks MansionTravel back in time at the Adams National Historical Park, where you’ll visit the birthplaces of not one, but two U.S. presidents: John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Your journey begins at the park’s Visitor Center in Quincy Center: After viewing the center’s exhibits and video presentation, board a trolley for the short journey to the quaint colonial saltbox birthplaces of the presidents. From there, you’ll travel to “Peacefield,” the stately Adams mansion that served as summer White House to both Adams presidents and home to generations of their descendants. While at the Adams Mansion, be sure to visit the impressive Stone Library, built to house the Adams’ collection of some 14,000 historic volumes, including the library of John Quincy Adams.

Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 19-November 10
Tours leave from Visitor Center every quarter past and
quarter to the hour. Last tour departs at 3:15 p.m.

$5 for adults;
children 16 and under are free.

Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center
1250 Hancock Street Quincy, MA 02169

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, where John Adams, John Quincy Adams and their wives are interred.


Open April 19 - November 10.
Monday - Friday:  Guided tours are conducted on the hour between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday:  Guided tours are conducted on the hour 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Suggested Admission:
$4 adults, $3 seniors, children 12 and under free

United First Parish Church
1306 Hancock St. Quincy, MA 02169 617-773-0062

Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society:

Built on the site of the birthplace of legendary patriot John Hancock – and funded by an endowment left by John Adams – Adams Academy began its life in 1872 as a boys’ preparatory school, which operated until 1908. In 1972, the building was renovated by the Quincy Historical Society and is now home to the new Quincy History Museum. The museum’s exhibit – titled Quincy: Of Stone, Of Ships, of Minds, offers a comprehensive look at the city’s history from Native American times up through the early 21st century.

Museum/Gift shop: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday Noon to 4 p.m.

Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to Noon
Friday 1 to 4 p.m.


Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society
8 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Dorothy Quincy Homestead

Dorothy Adams HouseThis charming colonial estate – parts of which date to 1685 – was home to generations of Quincys, one of Massachusetts’ leading families whose descendants included President John Quincy Adams and Oliver Wendell Holmes. The estate was also the childhood home of Dorothy Quincy, wife of John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and first governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During the pre-Revolutionary War years, the Quincy Homestead was a meeting place for patriots such as John Adams, Josiah Quincy, Benjamin Franklin and Hancock.

Open May to mid-October

2013 Tours:

Open house dates: May 4, June 8th, July 6, August 10, September 7, October 5.

By appointment; contact the Colonial Dames of Massachusetts at
617-742-3190, M-F, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Dorothy Quincy Homestead
34 Butler Road (corner of Hancock St. and Butler Rd.)
Quincy, MA 02169

Hancock Cemetery:

For more than 200 years, Quincy’s most illustrious residents and civic leaders were buried in historic Hancock Cemetery. Located across the street from First Parish Church – where John Hancock’s father served as minister – Hancock Cemetery is the final resting place of Henry Adams, the first Adams to live in Quincy and ancestor of John Adams; Colonel John Quincy, for whom the city is named; patriot Josiah Quincy and other notable historical figures.

Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free

Click here for an interactive Google map with information about the cemetery.

Hancock Cemetery
Hancock St. (next door to City Hall, 1305 Hancock)
Quincy, MA 02169

USS Salem /U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum:

Quincy’s proud shipbuilding history comes to life at the USS Salem , a Cold War-era heavy cruiser that serves as home to the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum. Located on the site of the former Quincy shipyard where she was built, the Salem offers visitors a chance to experience life on the former flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet.

June – September:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Weekends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$6 adults, $4 seniors and children 4-12; under 4 free

USS Salem
739 Washington St.
Quincy, MA 02169

Josiah Quincy House:

Built in 1770 as a country estate by revolutionary patriot Colonel Josiah Quincy, this colonial home served as a lookout point from which patriots observed British ships traveling in and out of Boston harbor. Colonel Quincy was the first in a long line of Quincys – a line that would produce three mayors of Boston, a president of Harvard University, and five “Articulate Sisters”, well known as writers, artists, and keepers of the Quincy and Adams family history.

Tours available June 1 – October 15 by appointment

Call 617-227-3956 for reservation/admission information.

Josiah Quincy House
20 Muirhead St.
Quincy, MA 02170
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Granite Railway/Quarry Exhibits:

granite railGranite Railway/Quarry Exhibits: Quincy is home to America’s first commercial railway – the Granite Railway, built in 1826 specifically to transport Quincy granite to Charlestown for the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument. The remains of the Railway’s incline are located at the end of Mullin Ave. in West Quincy. Granite quarrying exhibits are also on display in the Presidents Place Galleria, 1250 Hancock St., Quincy Center.

Granite Railway
Mullin Ave.

Quarry Exhibits
Presidents Place Galleria
(Near Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center)
1250 Hancock St.
Quincy, MA 02169

Other Points of Interest

Abigail Adams Cairn:

This stone cairn atop Quincy’s Penn’s Hill marks the spot where Abigail Adams and young John Quincy Adams watched the burning of Charlestown during the Battle of Bunker Hill. The site is free and open to the public.

Abigail Adams Cairn
Penn’s Hill at Viden Road
Quincy, MA 02169

Moswetuset Hummock:

This wooded area located at the intersection of East Squantum St. and Quincy Shore Dr. was the seat of the Indian chief Chickatabot, who was visited by Captain Myles Standish and the Indian guide Squanto in 1621. The hummock’s name – Moswetuset, or “hill shaped like an arrowhead” – is believed to be the origin of the commonwealth’s name, “Massachusetts.” The site is free and open to the public.

Moswetuset Hummock
Corner of East Squantum St. and Quincy Shore Dr.
Quincy, MA 02171

Thomas Crane Public Library:

Built in 1881 by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson – who also designed Boston’s famed Trinity Church – the Thomas Crane Public Library’s original building is a masterpiece of 19th century Romanesque architecture. Its ornate woodwork and LaFarge stained glass windows are truly works of art. Since the library opened in 1882, several additions have been constructed, including a multimillion-dollar addition in 2001 that combines the architectural spirit of the original Richardson building with the technological capabilities of a 21st century library.

M-Th, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed weekends during July and August
Admission is free

Thomas Crane Public Library
40 Washington St.
Quincy, MA 02169