The National Park Service collects Recreation Fees under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). Recreation Fees provide a vital source of revenue for improving facilities and services for park visitors.
That means that the money you hand the ranger at the Visitor Center is being put to use at Adams to make the park—and your visit—better. Some improvements take place behind-the-scenes. Others may be a direct part of your park experience. All of these projects are important to the continued preservation of your national parks. Thanks to all of you that have paid an entrance fee or bought a park pass at Adams National Historical Park.
This is a list of just some of the things your contributions have made possible:
PMIS 242017 $12,282.
This project will make necessary repairs to the pulleys, replace the halyards, and apply a white epoxy coating to the two flag poles. The 60’ flagpole on the Main Lawn adjacent to the Old House and the 30’ Birthplace flagpole
The Adams Estate is the home of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and four generations of the Adams Family. Visitors arrive to the Birthplace and Peace field sites via park trolley, as they walk the paths to enter the Old House and Birthplaces for their guided tour, they cannot help but observe the deteriorating flagpoles. The park is continuing to work to provide an enhanced, immersive experience to benefit the visitor’s tour experience, and maintaining the park’s assets in good condition is critical. On average 22,000-27,000 guided tours are conducted annually totaling 180,000+ visitors per year.
The flagpole finish has deteriorated due to weathering. This project will allow the park to protect and preserve the park’s assets. If the flagpoles are not repaired, it will continue to be an eyesore for the visitors and community.
This project will improve visitor satisfaction of the park’s overall 180,000+ visitors. This project would increase visitor satisfaction in the way the National Park Service is maintaining the country’s heritage.
Restore Beale Estate Boundary Wall & Fence PMIS # 228346 $71,541.
Preformed by park personnel.
Performance of this project will commence on Adams Street at the Beale House. The Scope of Work will require raising 95 feet of granite boundary wall and the wrought iron fence by approximately 2 feet above the grade of the existing city sidewalk and then inserting a subsurface poured concrete footing between the raised caps and bottom course of the wall. Granite columns that mark the driveway entrance will also need to be raised and reset, as will the wooden entrance gate. Due to the weight of the granite and necessary excavation, heavy equipment will be required capable of lifting and moving large, heavy objects.
This project will involve disassembling and removing the historic iron fence, consisting of 190 pieces of 7/8” x 7/8” x 28” pickets, set into the granite capstone with a 100’continuous top rail. Steps to restore the iron fence to its original condition will be: - Remove cap stones 100’ - Form & pour concrete footing - Reinstall capstones - Raise & reset corner posts - Raise the existing granite wall 24”
Stone walls and wrought iron fences are a signature feature of colonial New England landscapes and disappearing as development overtakes the historic fabric of many cultural landscapes. These features are critical to the interpretation of the Adams family to some 160,000 visitors to Adams NHP annually. Of the 75 acres of farmland that John and Abigail purchased in 1788, only some 7 acres remain. The adjacent Beale Estate, owned by John Adams’ contemporary, Captain Benjamin Beale, is critical to preserving the historic integrity and view shed as witnessed by John and Abigail Adams. These properties sit along Adams Street, formally the "Old Post Road" connecting Boston to Plymouth. Today, the park is surrounded by what Brooks Adams referred to as "creeping destruction." Preserving the historic stone wall and fence is critical to providing historic context and meaning to the park story. As the visitor approaches the park, the stone wall and fence are defining features of the landscape and park visitors with an immediate and immersive experience into the colonial landscape.
At the turn of the century, the grade of the city sidewalk was raised on Adams Street approximately 2 feet. In doing so, the entire top portion of the park’s historic granite wall and the lower section of the attached wrought iron rails were buried. If conditions are not corrected within a reasonable time frame, it will mean the complete loss of the entire iron fence portion due to deterioration (approximately 200 iron rails). Because the exposed portion of wall is so low, it posses a potential safety concern when children and visitors walking on the city sidewalk try to walk on the pointed iron rails.
Upon completion of this project: - The public will be able to view the unique construction of the wall with each individual rail set in granite enhancing the visitor experience by preserving the historic stone wall and fence, adding increased value to the historic context and park story. - The existing threat impacting this historical resource will be eliminated. - Preventative maintenance will stop further deterioration.
Replace Greenhouse Windows PMIS# 178725 $47,699
Replace all 20 Greenhouse windows with new custom fabricated windows.
The removable window frames have exceeded their life expectancy and it has become necessary to replace them. This building is historic and was built in the 1920s and is used to propagate plant material for the Old House Garden and the cultural landscape. The Greenhouse building is within the view shed of the park boundary, and it is seen daily by the park’s visitors. The building still contains much historic fabric. The park and its various sites receive approximately 250,000 visitors annually and projections point to increased visitation in the future.
Last updated: September 27, 2018