• Image of the Old House at Peace field


    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Guided Tours

Visitors touring the Old HOuse at Peace field

Visitors touring the Old House at Peace field

Park your car in the parking garage behind the Visitor Center and leave the rest to us!

Tours of the park leave from the Visitor Center daily during our open season (April 19 - November 10) and are offered on a first-come, first serve basis. Tours depart the Visitor Center on a trolley which will bring you to the Presidential Birthplaces where you will be dropped off for a guided tour with a Park Ranger. After this half hour tour the trolley will then bring you to the Old House where you will have an hour long guided tour with a Park Ranger. The trolley will then pick you back up and return you to the Visitor Center. The houses are old and were built as family homes, not tourist attractions, and some rooms have limited space. For the protection of the historic homes and artifacts, and quality of the visitor experience, a maximum of 10 visitors per tour is allowed. For these reasons, and for the safety and security of the staff and our visitors, large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the historic homes. Be advised that the park does not have storage lockers for these items and we recommend they be left in your vehicle or at your hotel.

Allow at least 2 hours for a full park tour. The cost of the tour is $5.00 for adults, under 16 are free. All National Park Passes are honored. Please be aware that the only restrooms for the park are located at the Visitor Center.

Sample Tour Itinerary

  • Begin at the Park Visitor Center
  • Browse the bookstore and obtain tickets for house tours (15 minutes)
  • View park film: Enduring Legacy (26 minutes)
  • Board trolley Adams Birthplaces (15 minutes)
  • Tour John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces (30 minutes)
  • Board trolley to the Old House at Peace field (15 minutes)
  • Tour the Old House at Peace field and stroll the grounds (1 hour)
  • Board trolley to Visitor Center (15 minutes)
    Total Time: 3 hours

Focus Tours 2014

Several new focus tours at Adams National Historical Park provide additional opportunities to explore the Birthplaces, Old House, and historic landscape at Peace field with a Park Ranger. Focus tours provide insight into specific members of the Adams family, their lives and accomplishments, and their homes. Focus tours are approximately 2 hours long, include a "focused" look at the presidential birthplaces, the Old House, and/or garden and grounds. All focus tours begin at the Visitor Center. Please visit or call the park visitor center the day of your visit, (617) 770-1175, for tour availability for specific tours and times.

At Home and Abroad: Furniture, Fine Art, and Decorative Arts

Four generations of Adams family members traveled to ports far and near in service to their country. Explore the rich and varied furniture, fine art, and decorative arts from Boston and beyond brought to the Old House by these seasoned travelers who traversed the globe from West to the Far East. Tour begin at the Visitor Center and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis, and are limited to 8 guests per tour.

"The Farm of a Patriot"
Four Generations on the Landscape

From the "farm at the foot of Penn's Hill" to the property at Peace field, discover Abigail's orchard, John Quincy's tree seminary, Charles Francis' formal English garden, and Brooks Adams' summer home. Explore the gardens, grounds, and outbuildings that transformed these New England homes of patriots and presidents from 1720 to 1927. Tours begin at the Visitor Center and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis, and are limited to 8 guests per tour.

Backstairs at the Birthplaces and Old House: The Servants' Tour

Discover the "business end" of the Birthplaces and the Old House and examine the lives of the women and men who made these old houses hum. Discover how two "Mrs. Adams" managed their farms and families at the "foot of Penn's Hill," then explore the Old House's 1869 servants' wing and learn how some lesser known occupants of the Old House spent their days in service to the Adams family. Tours begin at the Visitor Center and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis, and are limited to 8 guests per tour.

Henry Adams: An Education

Explore the life and times of one of the Adams family's most esteemed members, historian and Pulitzer-prize winning author and educator, Henry Adams. Travel to the Birthplaces and hear about the "first" Henry Adams who arrived in America and settled in Braintree in 1638.Visit the Old House at Peace field and get a "behind the scenes" tour of the third floor of the Old House and peer into places where this famous American intellect slept, read, wrote, and thought .Tours begin at the Visitor Center and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis, and are limited to 8 guests per tour.


Did You Know?

JA - Winstanley

John Adams was actually sworn in as Vice President before George Washington was sworn in as President in 1789.