Historic Attractions

Adams National Historical Park:

Adams Mansion

Travel 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. Travel to "Peacefield," the stately Adams mansion that served as summer White House to both Adams presidents and home to generations of their descendants.

Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center

1250 Hancock Street Quincy, MA 02169

United First Parish Church:

United First Parish Church

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 Quincy Adams. Tours of the church include a visit to the Adams Family crypt, where John Adams, John Quincy Adams and their wives are interred.

United First Parish Church 

1306 Hancock St.
Quincy, MA 02169

Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society:

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 21 st century.

Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society

8 Adams Street Quincy, MA 02169

Dorothy Quincy Homestead

Dorothy Quincy Homestead

This 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.

Dorothy Quincy Homestead

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

Hancock Cemetery:

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.

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.

USS Salem

739 Washington St.
Quincy, MA   02169

Josiah Quincy House

Josiah Quincy House: Built in 1770 as a country estate by revolutionary patriot Colonel Josiah Quincy, this colonial home is believed to have served as a lookout point from which patriots could observe British ships traveling in and out of Boston harbor. Colonel Quincy was the first in a long line of Josiah Quincys - a line that would produce three mayors of Boston and a president of Harvard University.

Josiah Quincy House

20 Muirhead St., Quincy, MA   02170

Granite Railway/Quarry Exhibits:

Granite 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/Quarry Museum

Mullin Ave., Quincy, MA

Quarry Exhibits, Presidents Place Galleria,
(Near Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center),
1250 Hancock St., Quincy, MA  02169
(781) 326-0079

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 19 th 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 21 st century library.

Thomas Crane Public Library