January 17, 2017
Contact: Caroline Keinath
QUINCY, MA – “The Day; perhaps the decisive Day is come on which the fate of America depends.” Abigail Adams’s “bursting Heart” could not contain what she had seen when she brought her 8 year old son John Quincy Adams up to the top of Penn’s Hill to watch the Battle of Bunker Hill unfold on June 17, 1775. The two watched the beginning of the Revolutionary War unfold right in front of their eyes, a few miles from home.
On June 17, 2017, join Abigail Adams (portrayed by Patricia Bridgeman) for a special Bunker Hill Day tour. This tour will take you from the Visitor Center, by trolley, to the John Quincy Adams Birthplace, and then up to the top of Penn’s Hill to hear Abigail recount that day and what it meant for the colonies. This tour starts at the Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. and will last an hour. This program is free, but as trolley space is limited, calling ahead is strongly recommended. This tour is separate from the regular Adams National Historical Park guided tour and does not include Old House at Peace field.
Adams National Historical Park includes the birthplaces of the second and sixth presidents of the United States, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, along with the Old House at Peace field, home to both presidents and four generations of their distinguished family. During the open season, April 19 through November 10, tickets to the historic homes can be purchased at the Visitor Center located at 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy. A free park trolley transports visitors from the Visitor Center to the Birthplaces and the “Old House at Peace field” for a two and a half hour tour. The first tour leaves at 9:15 a.m. and the last tour leaves at 3:15 p.m., seven days a week including federal holidays. Tickets are $10.00 for adults (children 15 and under are free) and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.