Adams National Historical Park

Overview

Adams National Historical Park is located in the City of Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, approximately ten miles south of Boston. The Park comprises 11 historic structures and a cultural landscape totaling almost 14 acres. The story encompasses five generations of the Adams family (from 1720 to 1927) including two Presidents and First Ladies, three U.S. 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 2nd U.S. 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 U.S. President was born on July 11, 1767; the "Old House," home to four generations of the Adams family; the Stone Library contains more than 14,000 historic volumes and includes the book collection of John Quincy Adams; no tour is complete without a visit to 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. 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. Please be advised that tours are scheduled on a first come, first-served basis.

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Seasonality / Weather

The park's open season is April 19 through November 10. During this time the park is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The historic houses are closed from November 11 through April 18. The park visitor center is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The visitor center will be closed on all Federal Holidays. During the winter season, call the visitor center before your visit.

Directions

Driving: 

From Boston: 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 19 - and follow signs towards Quincy Center. 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. Parking is in the garage in the rear of the building, turn left on Saville Avenue just before the building.

Flying: 

The nearest airport with commercial airline service is Logan International Airport.

Public Transport: 

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. The National Park Service Visitor Center is located in the Galleria at President's place.