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    Adams

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Things to Do

NPS

Create Your Own Park Experience!
 
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Abigail Schumann, Sam Adams, and Bill Barker
Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play
by, Howard Ginsberg

Parks for People
Scholarly Pursuits, Reenactments, Performing Arts, and Immersive Interactive Programs are just some of the Special Events offered throughout the year. Watch our Schedule of Events Calendar and join in on the fun.


I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.

John Adams to Abigail Adams, May 12, 1780

 
Emma Running in meadow

Get Out and Move

The park's 11 acres reflect four generations of Adams family values and lifestyles. Enjoy a stroll through the formal garden, the orchard; or a run through the meadow.

I want a garden and a park

My dwelling to surround...

John Quincy Adams, The Wants of Man, 1840


 
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Step by Step
Find your place in history and join a Park Ranger for a guided tour through the presidential birthplaces and the Old House at Peace field. See Guided Tours menu on left side of page.

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams, 8 May 1780


 
Henry Adams Harvard Graduation Photo

Henry Adams, Harvard Graduation Photo

What's Old is New

Already toured the historic houses? The Focus Tour may be just for you. We offer a number of opportunities for a more in-depth look at the people, the place, and the ideas, that are a part of the Adams experience. See Guided Tours menu on left side of page.


The study of history is useful to the historian by teaching him his ignorance of women.

Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams



 
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Arts Afire

Find your "inner artist" and create your own memories of your park experience.

I wish I had Leisure, and Tranquility of Mind to amuse myself with these Elegant, and ingenious Arts of Painting, Sculpture, Statuary, Architecture, and Musick. But I have not. A Taste in all of them, is an agreable Accomplishment.

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 21 August 1776


 
Betty with school group at BPS

A Class Act

Adams National Historical Park is a unique setting where history comes to life. Our school programs actively engage students in their own exciting and enriching learning process. We hope that students participating in our programs will come to realize that communication, cooperation, sacrifice, and determination are necessary components in seeking justice and liberty. See For Teachers menu on left side of page.

Did You Know?

Old House - Malcom

The Old House at Peace field was purchased by John and Abigail Adams for £600 in 1787 while they were living in London. Based upon both the appreciation and inflation of the Pound, that amount is equal today to about Є110,000 or $143,000.