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The formal garden at Peace field

Presently the grounds and garden at Adams National Historical Park, 135 Adams Street are open to the public from dawn to dusk. Ranger and self-guided walks are available and the garden changes daily with seasonal perennial and annual plantings. Rangers can speak to the architectural history of the Old House and evolution of the grounds from a working farm to a 19th Century Country Estate. Signs are available to identify the Cultural elements of the landscape. For detailed information relating to the historical cultural landscape, please download the brand new official National Park Service App. It is free and provides detailed information relative to Adams National Historical Park and the National Parks, referencing their individual websites.

The Presidential Birthplaces, 133 &141 Franklin Street, Quincy are open for a cultural landscape tour and interior walkthroughs conducted by a NPS Ranger. Hours for formal programs will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, with the grounds open daily from dawn to dusk. Tours must be reserved in advance, through www.recreation.gov

The Visitor Center remains closed. Trolley transportation is not available at this time. If you have any questions, please contact park headquarters at 617 773-1177.

Free tours are also offered with a Ranger from Adams National Historical Park through the historic Hancock Cemetery, Sundays 11-2. Meet on the Adams-Hancock Green and learn about the many Adams family members buried in the cemetery. Other Patriots buried in the cemetery you will hear about are Colonel John Quincy, for whom the city is named; patriot Josiah Quincy, Veterans of the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. The memorials offer a chronicle of gravestone art from colonial winged skulls and cherubim, to Federalist classical motifs, to Quincy’s 19th-century role as the national center for granite quarrying and carving.

The Cemetery is directly across from the “Church of the Presidents” which also offers tours of the architecture and Adams Family crypt; the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams.

 
As of September 13, Adams NHP, Visitor Center remains closed and trolley service is suspended.

Ranger Talks are available for the grounds and interior of the Birthplace Homes of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams at 133-141 Franklin Street, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Reservations can be made for the Walkthrough tour of the Birthplaces at: www.recreation.gov

The Grounds and Gardens of the Old House at Peacefield located at 135 Adams Street are open from dawn to dusk for self-guided walks with Ranger Talks from 10 am to 4 pm. Tours of the interior are not being offered at this time. Rangers can speak to the architectural history of the Old House and evolution of the grounds from a working farm to a 19th Century Country Estate.


Access to public buildings requires the wearing of a mask. Street Parking at each site and access via Red Line MBTA is available. Please call, Park Headquarters with any questions, 617-773-1177.

Please be advised, large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the historic homes. The park does not have storage lockers for these items and we recommend they be left in your vehicle or at your hotel.

 
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1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA

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The park Visitor Center, located at 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, and view the orientation film, Enduring Legacy: Four Generations of the Adams Family, a 26 minute film introducing the remarkable Adams family. Browse the park bookstore for even more information and a variety of souvenirs to remind you of your visit to this historical park and the contributions of four generations of the Adams family to the history and development of the United States.

 
TROLLEY PLAN YOUR VISIT
September 13, No trolley service available until May 2022.

Park your car in the garage and leave the rest to us! Ride the free trolley service from the Visitor Center to the John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces and "Old House at Peace field."

 
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John Adams Birthplace

What early influences shaped the character of the second President of the United States? Join a Park Ranger and tour the birthplace home of Patriot, Diplomat, President; John Adams. Tours available through www.recreation.gov.

 
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John Quincy Adams Birthplace

Tour the home where John Adams drafted the Massachusetts Constitution, where Abigail served as Patriot on the Homefront during the Revolutionary War, and where 6th United States President, John Quincy Adams was born. Tours available through www.recreation.gov.

 
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The Old House at Peace field - Closed- Planning on May 2022 reopening.

Walk in the footsteps of four generations of the Adams family and see their home just as they left it to the people of the United States, under the stewardship of the National Park Service.

 
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Stone Library - Closed - Planning on reopening May 2022.

Online tours are available of the Old House and Library. America's First Father and Son Presidents - Adams National Historical Park — Google Arts & Culture

Catch a glimpse of the 12,000 volumes in the Stone Library. Four generations of the Adams family were avid book collectors. In their lifetime they built a library collection to include the fields of classics, literature, history, language and linguistics, economics, travel, and geography.

Last updated: September 16, 2021

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Mailing Address:

135 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Phone:

617-773-1177
Marianne Peak, Superintendent Marianne_Peak@nps.gov

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