National Park Service
U.S. Department of Interior
Adams National Historical Park
135 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Written determinations, which explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority, as required by Title 36 CFR Section 1.5(c), appear in this document identified by italicized print.
36 CFR § 1.5 – VISITING HOURS, PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES, AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USE OR ACTIVITIES
Visitor Center, Presidents Place, 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA
Park Headquarters, 181 Adams Street, Quincy, MA
Adams Birthplaces, 131-141 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA
Old House at Peace field, 135 Adams Street, Quincy, MA
Hours of Operation:
April 19 through November 10:
The Visitor Center, Adams Birthplaces & Old House
Open 7 days a week, including federal holidays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Eastern Standard Time
November 11 through April 18
The Visitor Center is open Tuesday Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on federal holidays.
Park Headquarters is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, year round and closed except for federal holidays.
Adams Birthplaces & Old House closed to visitors.
The park may close due to hazardous weather conditions, power outages or other circumstances which necessitate a shutdown. Notice will be posted on the park website at www.nps.gov/adam, and published through local media and newspapers. Park Grounds, unless otherwise designated, should be considered a Day Use Area, open from 8:00 a.m. until dusk (1/2 hour after sunset).
Public Use Limits:
Tours of the John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces and the Old House at Peace field are given on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are preferred for groups of 8 or more.
Oversized pocketbooks, large bags, and backpacks are never permitted in the historic houses and may not be left unattended at any time at Adams NHP. The park does not have storage facilities. It is advised that these items be left in your vehicle or hotel.
The use of some vehicles which are used to enhance the mobility of physically impaired visitors may be verbally approved for temporary use by a park staff member. This is to provide better safety and accessibility to the visitors of Adams NHP.
Seasonal closures may be established and will be identified on the park’s website.
The park is closed to the following activities:
Camping. This closure is necessary as there are no camping facilities within the park.
Picnicking. This closure without a permit is necessary to protect natural resources and to prevent interference with park operations. Park will consider a Special Use Permit for school groups.
Ice Skating. This closure is necessary to ensure visitor safety.
Bicycle use. The park does not have bike paths and includes a historic orchard, class A turf and formal garden, not conducive to bicycle/recreational use.
Passenger Carrying Diesel-Fueled Vehicles:
Engines must be shut down when not underway. All motor vehicles traveling to the park that are parked for more than one (1) minute must have the engine shut down. This prohibition does not apply to law enforcement patrol operations, fire or emergency search and rescue missions or training exercises. The purpose of this restriction is to reduce public exposure to diesel, exhaust particulate matter and other toxic air contaminants by limiting the idling of buses, trucks and other motor vehicles. Additionally, this restriction will also limit the noise impact on visitors enjoying the natural, cultural and historical setting with the park. This is also a courtesy to our neighbors.
This restriction is necessary to prevent unnecessary exhaust fumes to the air and diminishes the enjoyment by visitors of the peace and tranquility of the park.
Hiking & Pedestrian Use:
Hiking and walking are restricted to park paths and walkways. See also 36 CFR § 2.1(b).
Activities requiring a permit are listed above under Public Use Limits and throughout this document under the specific 36 CFR Section that authorizes or requires the issuance of a permit. Individuals and organizations wishing to apply for a permit should contact the Park’s Special Use Coordinator for more information and application. Contact information:
Superintendent Marianne Peak
Adams National Historical Park
135 Adams Street, Quincy, MA 02169 Phone: 617-773-1177
36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(b) Hiking or pedestrian traffic is restricted to the park’s paths or walkway as listed in 36 CFR § 1.5 of this document.
36CFR §2.11 -- PICNICKING
(a)(2) Failing to crate, cage, restrain on a leash, or otherwise physically confine a pet at all times is prohibited. Pets may not roam freely in the park.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
36 CFR §2.17 – AIRCRAFT AND AIR DELIVERY
(a)(3) Delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means is prohibited, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(c)(1) The removal of a downed aircraft, components, or parts thereof is subject to procedures established by the Superintendent (d)NPS Policy Memorandum 14-05 defines the use of authority under 36 CFR 1.5 that prohibits use of unmanned aircraft within the park. To date, no permits have been issued by the Superintendent. The Associate Director of NPS must approve any new special use permits authorizing the use of unmanned aircraft (drones). The National Park Service may use unmanned aircraft for administrative purposes such as search and rescue, fire operations and scientific study. These uses must also be approved by the Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection.
Authority: 36CFR 1.5
Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
NPS regulations do not specifically address launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft. The prohibition on operating or using an aircraft in 36 CFR 2.17(a)(1) does not apply to unmanned aircraft because the definition of “aircraft” in 36 CFR 1.4 is limited to devices used or intended to be used for human flight. Further, section 2.17(a)(3) could be construed to apply only to unmanned aircraft when used to deliver or retrieve an object from NPS administered lands. Exhibit A of this Policy Memorandum lists other regulations in 36 CFR that may apply to the use of unmanned aircraft under certain circumstances.
Engaging in recreational activities that interfere with or detract from the use and appreciation of historic resources a part of the interpretive experience is prohibited.
36CFR §2.18(c) – SNOWMOBILES
(c) The use of snowmobiles is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.20 – SKATING, SKATEBOARDS AND SIMILAR DEVICES
36 CFR §2.2 WILDLIFE PROTECTION
(a) The following are prohibited to wildlife observed at Adams NHP that include, coyote, deer, hawks, turkeys:
(1) the taking of wildlife
(2) The feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentional disturbing of wildlife nesting, breeding or other activities.
(3) Possessing unlawfully taken wildlife or portions thereof.
Updated regulations relating to electronic cigarettes is forthcoming. Until then, the following is 2016 guidance.
(a) The following portions of the park, buildings, structures and/or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:
Smoking is prohibited throughout the Park.
This restriction is intended to reduce any possible conflict between users and the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and to protect park structures from fire danger or smoke. This prohibition is consistent with Federal law.
(b) This Policy Memorandum establishes National Park Service (NPS) guidance on the use of electroniccigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (collectively, ENDS) within all facilities and vehicles that are Government owned or leased, and within concessions facilities.
Since 2009, ENDS have emerged as an alternative means of nicotine delivery, one that does not require the burning of tobacco. Essentially, when a user “draws” on an ENDS, a liquid solution containing nicotine is heated and vaporized, and inhaled by the user. The user then exhales a vapor that mimics the exhalation from a lit tobacco cigarette; among other things, that vapor contains nicotine—a highly addictive drug—at a level roughly one-tenth of that found in second-hand smoke. In addition to nicotine, a recent study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that the vapor emitted by the high-powered ENDS known as tank systems also contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. The Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently analyzed the ingredients in a sample of cartridges from two leading brands of ENDS, and found the devices emitted (1) tobacco-specific nitrosamines (a human carcinogen), and (2) diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze that is toxic to humans.
In the meantime, the General Services Administration (GSA) has advised the managers of all GSA-occupied space—which includes space rented on behalf of GSA for the benefit of the NPS—that ENDS are subject to the same restrictions imposed on smoking tobacco products. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s policy found at 242 FW 13goes even further, and prohibits “vaping”—another name for ENDS use—in all “interior spaces of all [Fish and Wildlife] Service facilities,” whether Government owned or leased. In addition, vaping is also prohibited “in motor vehicles, heavy equipment, aircraft, and most watercraft we own, rent, lease, or control.” Similarly, on August 14, 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) also banned the use of ENDS “in all interior space, courtyards, atriums, balconies and bus stops.” See, USGS Manual 370.792.3.
1. Effective immediately, use of ENDS will be treated as tobacco smoking. All provisions of Director’s Order #50D—including in particular sections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2—will apply to ENDS use. ENDS use will not be permitted within any Government-owned or -leased vehicle, including heavy equipment, watercraft or aircraft.
2. In accordance with sections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 of Director’s Order #50D, ENDS will be prohibited in shared Government quarters, but generally permissible in non-shared residential accommodation. See Director’s Order #50D for further details.
3. With regard to concessions facilities, ENDS use will be treated just the same as smoking for purposes of section 10.2.4.13 of Management Policies (2006), which provides in pertinent part as follows:
Additional information regarding smoking in concessions facilities is found in the guidance entitled “Commercial Services Program Impacts from Revised Director’s Order #50D – Smoking,” dated August 14, 2009.
4. This Policy Memorandum will be implemented consistently with all applicable laws, including the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Act (5 USC 7101—7135) and the National Labor Relations Act (29 USC 151—169). In an effort to honor the provisions of existing collective bargaining agreements, site/office managers will consult with employee labor representatives about the implementation of this Memorandum.
5. The restrictions on ENDS use contained in this Memorandum will be incorporated in any revision of Director’s Order #50D and/or section 10.2.4.13 of Management Policies.
36 CFR §2.22 – PROPERTY
(a)(2) Leaving property unattended is prohibited. Oversized and large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the historic houses and may not be left unattended at any time at Adams NHP. Strollers are not permitted inside the historic homes.
36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES
(b) Recreation fees and/or permits, in accordance with 36 CFR part 71, are established for the following areas and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events or specialized recreation uses:
36 CFR §2.35 – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(a)(3)(i) The following areas and facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
36 CFR §2.37 – NON-COMMERCIAL SOLICITING
Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions or a permit that has been issued under §2.50, §2.51, or §2.52.
(a) Using, possessing, storing, or transporting explosives, blasting agents or explosive materials is prohibited
(b) Using, or possessing fireworks and firecrackers is prohibited
A Permit is required to hold a Special Event. Adams NHP represents a unique national resource associated with the Presidents and four generations of the Adams family. Special events may be considered provided there is a meaningful association between the park area and the events, the observance contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park, and a permit has been issued by the Superintendent. A special event may be permitted only if the activity has been judged by the Superintendent not to cause any derogation of the values and purposes for which the park was established, unless directly and specifically authorized by federal law. No events will be permitted if the Superintendent identifies that such use might present a danger to public health or safety, creates an impairment of public use facilities, interference with program activities, damage to park resources or impinges on the bucolic setting. Programs such as lectures, music, educational activities, trail walks, and activities supporting partner programs are potential uses. The National Park Service retains the right to terminate any inappropriate activities that are obtrusive.
With the exception of those permits issued for First Amendment activities, to the extent authorized by applicable legislation, regulations, and policies, the NPS will establish and collect appropriate permit fees for special park uses and will seek reimbursement from permit holders for NPS costs incurredct in administering the permit, monitoring the activities it authorizes, or for any damage caused by those activities.
(a) public spectator attractions, entertainments, ceremonies, and similar events are allowed, provided there is a meaningful association between the park area and the events, and the observance contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park area, and a permit therefor has been issued by the Superintendent.
(b) Demonstrations of 25 people or less are allowed within the park areas designated as available under paragraph (c)(2). Demonstrations of more than 25 people are allowed within designated park areas. The superintendent is required to issue a permit for the activity.
(c)(2) The following locations are designated as available for demonstrations:
36 CFR §2.61 – RESIDING ON FEDERAL LANDS
(a) Residing in park areas, other than on privately owned lands, is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit lease or contract.
36 CFR §2.62 – MEMORIALIZATION
(a) The installation of a monument, memorial, tablet, structure, or other commemorative installation in a park area without the authorization of the Director is prohibited.
(b) The scattering of human ashes from cremation is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(a), (b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES
(a) The use of bicycles is prohibited in the park pursuant to 36 CFR § 1.5 of this document. However, for those visitors traveling to the park via bicycles, they may be stored and secured at a designated location by park staff.
36 CFR §5.1 – ADVERTISEMENTS
Commercial notices or advertisements shall not be displayed, posted, or distributed on federally owned or controlled lands within a park area unless prior written permission has been given by the Superintendent.
Engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States, except as such may be specifically authorized under special regulations applicable to a park area, is prohibited.
36 CFR §5.5 – COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
(a) Before any motion picture may be filmed or any television production or sound track may be made by any person other than bona fide newsreel or news television personnel, written permission must first be obtained from the Superintendent.
(b)Taking photographs of any vehicle or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising is prohibited.
(c) Commercial photography, including wedding photographs, on-site is prohibited.
(b) & (c) Using commercial vehicles on government roads within park areas when such use is in no way connected with the operation of the park is generally prohibited, and requires permission or a permit from the Superintendent.
36 CFR §5.7 – CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS OR OTHER FACILITIES
Such activities are prohibited, except in accordance with the provisions of a valid permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States.
Last updated: January 17, 2018