John F. Kennedy NHS Opens for the 2011 Season
Contact: Jim Roberts, 617-566-7937 x10
Brookline, MA – John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, located at 83 Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts, reopens to visitors for the summer season on Sunday, May 22. Visitor hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Ranger-guided house tours are offered from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, with the final tour at 3:30 pm. From 4:00 to 5:00, visitors are welcome to follow a self-guided tour through the first and second floors of the house. Hand-held audio-players are available so that visitors may follow Mrs. Kennedy’s tour in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Admission to the site is free.
Today, National Park Service rangers provide tours of the nine-room house museum where Kennedy family furnishings, photographs, and significant mementos personally collected and arranged by the president’s mother are on exhibit. A taped narrative, featuring Mrs. Kennedy in her own words, is a unique and evocative addition to both the ranger-led and self-guided tours.
Did You Know?
In 1914, the Kennedy home was the last house on tree-lined Beals Street. While houses later occupied the fields around the Kennedy’s property, many of the trees that lined Beals Street during Jack Kennedy’s childhood -including the tree in front of the house- have soared to a height of 75 feet.