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Adams National Historical Park

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Contact Information:
Adams National Historical Park
135 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
617-773-1177
http://www.nps.gov/adam/

Size: 24 acres

Visitation: 217,516 (2003)

Location: Adams National Historical Park is located in the City of Quincy, Massachusetts, approximately 10 miles south of Boston.

Description: The site includes 11 historic structures detailing the lives of five generations of the Adams family (1720 to 1927), including two US Presidents and First Ladies, three US Ministers, historians, writers and family members. The main historic features include: John Adams Birthplace, where John Adams, the 2nd US President was born (1735), and the John Quincy Adams Birthplace, where his son, John Quincy Adams, 6th US President was born (1767); the "Old House," home to four generations of the Adams family; the Stone Library, which contains more than 14,000 historic volumes and includes the book collection of John Quincy Adams; and 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.

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Activities: Regularly scheduled tours of the historic homes are offered in season (April 19th - November 10th). The park provides a trolley bus that offers transportation between sites. You must be on a guided tour to enter the historic homes. Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting there: From Boston and Route 128: Traveling south on U.S. Interstate 93 or Route 128, take exit 7 - Route 3 south to Braintree and Cape Cod. Take the first exit off Route 3 south - exit 18, Washington Street and the Quincy Adams T. Continue straight on Burgin Parkway through six sets of traffic lights. At the seventh set of traffic lights, turn right onto Dimmock Street. Follow Dimmock Street one block to the intersection of Hancock Street. Turn right onto Hancock Street. The National Park Service Visitor Center, located in the Galleria at President's Place is two blocks on your left, 1250 Hancock Street. From Cape Cod: Traveling north on Route 3, take exit 19, Quincy Adams T. Quincy Center. Continue straight on Burgin Parkway through six sets of traffic lights. At the seventh set of traffic lights, turn right on to Dimmock Street. Follow Dimmock Street one block to the intersection of Hancock Street. Turn right on to Hancock Street. 

Public Transportation
To the Visitor Center via the MBTA "T" Subway System: From Boston: Take the Red Line train to the Quincy Center Station. Turn right upon exiting the train and at the top of the stairs, turn left and exit the station to Hancock Street. Walk across Hancock Street to 1250 Hancock Street. 


Operating Hours:
The season begins April 19 and ends November 10th. The historic homes are closed November 11 to April 18. The Visitor Center is open limited hours November 11 to April 18.

History: Designated as Adams Mansion National Historic Site on December 9, 1946; changed to Adams National Historic Site on November 26, 1952; redesignated Adams National Historical Park on November 2, 1998.

 

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