Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park
4.5
Historic SitesNational Parks
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
From the sweet little farm at the foot of Penn's Hill to the gentleman's country estate at Peace field, Adams National Historical Park is the story of "heroes, statesman, philosophers ... and learned women" whose ideas and actions helped to transform thirteen disparate colonies into one united nation. The historic houses are closed for tours for the season and will reopen May 2024. The Visitor Center at 1250 Hancock Street will remain open Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Lou P
    Kansas City, Kansas313 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No entrance to homes, but beautiful
    We enjoyed seeing the grounds of the Adams farm and homes. Unfortunately, due to staffing shortages we were unable to enter the homes and buildings, so it was frustrating to not be able to see in them. The gardens are beautiful and the film at the visitor center gave us a nice background, before heading out.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Jonathan M
    Tuxedo Park, New York645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get to Know a Fascinating First Family
    While other men may have cast a longer shadow over early American history, John Adams and his descendants may well have cared the most about their fellow citizens. The three homes that make up Adams NHP span almost two centuries and at least 5 generations of a family that dedicated itself in various ways to the betterment of others. The birthplaces of John and John Quincy are located a couple of miles from the Old House at Peacefield so, as others have mentioned, visiting requires a little advance planning, however, it is well worth it. You must reserve your tour time as the house dimensions limit group size. There is no parking at either site, but we found street parking a couple of blocks away in both locations. While you could visit one without the other, it is much more informative to experience both. Our experience at Peacefield was exceptional due to the dedication of our ranger guide. We would visit again without hesitation!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • James H
    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Historical Homes
    We opted for the combination ticket when we visited on 5/15/24 which gives visitors a guided tour of John Adams' and John Quincy Adams' birthplaces (south of the visitor center) as well as John and Abigail's home Peace Field (north of the visitor center). To visit the houses requires on street parking which can be a little tricky, but the visitor center will validate your parking if you park in the garage directly behind it in downtown Quincy. The visitor center has an excellent introductory film about the Adams family and their many achievements. Be sure to use the restrooms at the visitor center as there are none available at the historical homes. Also, if you purchase a combination pass, save your receipt as you will need to show it at the birthplace location as well as Peace Field. Our tour guide at the birthplace homes seemed fairly new and mixed up the historical dates/names a bit, so I am not sure that we got the most accurate tour there. However, our tour guide at Peace Field was exceptional and had lot of interesting tidbits to share about the home and the four generations of the Adams family that lived there and expanded the structure from six rooms to how you see it today. The grounds at Peace Field are open until dusk so visitors can explore the gardens and walk around the house and 1873 carriage house. Highly recommend to anyone looking to learn more about one of America's first families.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2024
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James H
Camp Hill, PA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We opted for the combination ticket when we visited on 5/15/24 which gives visitors a guided tour of John Adams' and John Quincy Adams' birthplaces (south of the visitor center) as well as John and Abigail's home Peace Field (north of the visitor center). To visit the houses requires on street parking which can be a little tricky, but the visitor center will validate your parking if you park in the garage directly behind it in downtown Quincy. The visitor center has an excellent introductory film about the Adams family and their many achievements. Be sure to use the restrooms at the visitor center as there are none available at the historical homes. Also, if you purchase a combination pass, save your receipt as you will need to show it at the birthplace location as well as Peace Field.

Our tour guide at the birthplace homes seemed fairly new and mixed up the historical dates/names a bit, so I am not sure that we got the most accurate tour there. However, our tour guide at Peace Field was exceptional and had lot of interesting tidbits to share about the home and the four generations of the Adams family that lived there and expanded the structure from six rooms to how you see it today. The grounds at Peace Field are open until dusk so visitors can explore the gardens and walk around the house and 1873 carriage house. Highly recommend to anyone looking to learn more about one of America's first families.
Written 19 May 2024
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
While other men may have cast a longer shadow over early American history, John Adams and his descendants may well have cared the most about their fellow citizens. The three homes that make up Adams NHP span almost two centuries and at least 5 generations of a family that dedicated itself in various ways to the betterment of others. The birthplaces of John and John Quincy are located a couple of miles from the Old House at Peacefield so, as others have mentioned, visiting requires a little advance planning, however, it is well worth it. You must reserve your tour time as the house dimensions limit group size. There is no parking at either site, but we found street parking a couple of blocks away in both locations. While you could visit one without the other, it is much more informative to experience both. Our experience at Peacefield was exceptional due to the dedication of our ranger guide. We would visit again without hesitation!
Written 13 August 2023
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Valerie M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The Adams sites in Quincy are worth a trip, particularly if you have done your "homework" beforehand and researched the logistics. There are three main sites, all separated by some distance (one CAN walk, but it is not pleasant to walk around in the city, traffic etc being what it is) and there is no longer a trolley between them. So expect to drive. The visitor center has an associated parking garage, but at the house sites, we were told to find parking on the street, which is "never a problem". This system seems a bit haphazard and I hope the NPS can reinstate the trolley.
While the houses are interesting and the tours very informative, the whole thing left me feeling a bit depressed. Why on earth have the powers that be in Quincy over the years allowed the amount of REALLY UGLY "development" to occur right next to the properties? The two birth houses are on a tiny piece of remaining grass (maybe 1/4 acre?) in a triangle bound by two very busy (i.e. LOUD) roads with tons of traffic, across the street is a gigantic gross parking lot, unattractive businesses, rundown apartment houses, and above ground electric wires. There is no remnant of the 180 farm acres left. Peace Field, which has retained a bit more space (the whole thing was donated to the town in the will of a descendant of John and John Q Adams) has a lovely garden and a few gravel paths, the stone library, and a pleasant grassy area. But forget any expectation you have of actually experiencing "peace" there. Sitting on the front porch area, one hears traffic, sirens blaring, car horns, etc. We were told that over the years since the bequest (in the 1920s), the town of Quincy has "reclaimed" the property. I guess this means they carved it up and built a bunch of ugly stuff on it. Asphalt seems to be a favorite medium.
Anyway, learning the history of the Adams Family is 100% worth it, if you are interested in the founding of the US. The park rangers are knowledgeable, the houses well maintained, the stories entertaining. Shame on Quincy for not having an appreciation for their own history.
Written 3 August 2023
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
To get the complete Adams story, you need to do some itinerary planning. There are basically three areas of touring interest. First, tours of the Adams' homes, including the two birthplace homes of John and Quincy and their later home of Peace field - which covered four generations, require on-line reservations. Reservations are limited, and times should be booked well in advance of your touring day. It also requires you to drive between the two site locations. Throughout our ranger led tour, several tourists were turned away not knowing that reservations were required. Second, the visitor's center, located in Quincy, is separate from the "tour"- a ranger here will help with your Adams questions and will show a great movie on the Adams history, with narrators including Tom Hanks. The gift shop is also packed with Adams clothing and souvenirs. A parking garage is located in back of the center; the ranger will validate your ticket for free parking. Third - across from the visitor's center is The United Parrish First Church where both Adams and wifes are entombed - docents will describe the rich church's history before taking you to the basement and actually enter the crypt. Our complete Adams itinerary was great - well done!
Written 5 July 2023
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JayZee
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams wrote, “Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.“ My pilgrimage to Quincy was an attempt to honor the sacrifices of this founding family who strove “to be good, and to do good” in their lives and in service to their country. The experience met every expectation— and high expectations are definitely a mark of the Adams legacy!
Important advice: Be sure to book ahead through Recreation.gov to tour the interior of the homes.
Thank you to the caretakers of the Presidential Birth Homes and Peace Field for lovingly preserving them for the rest of us.
Written 30 June 2023
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Lou P
Kansas City, KS313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We enjoyed seeing the grounds of the Adams farm and homes. Unfortunately, due to staffing shortages we were unable to enter the homes and buildings, so it was frustrating to not be able to see in them. The gardens are beautiful and the film at the visitor center gave us a nice background, before heading out.
Written 7 June 2023
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY2,143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Managed to take the tours of the houses on the last day they were opened, Oct 30. I can't believe the place is closed from November to May. They only allow 8-10 people to tour the houses so be sure to sign up once you know you are going. In addition, at least in 2022 the trolley was not running so you had to drive yourself or walk between the two houses, they gave us around 40 minutes and I was able to walk it, probably a little under 2 miles, since I took the train from NYC to Boston and didn't drive.

The tour starts at John Adams birthplace with a Ranger tour and then goes next door to the house John moved into when he married Abigail and John Quincy was born here. There is not a whole lot of original stuff in these houses, but you can get an idea how they lived.

Next is Peacefield which is the house the Adams's moved into after returning from France and Great Britain and remained in the family until turned over to the Park Service. This house has a lot of original furnishings, painting and gifts given to the Adams family. There is a library as well which contains many of the families' volumes of books.
Written 4 December 2022
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Craig Hockenberry
272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
CRAIG HOCKENBERRY

Spent about 3-4 hours in Quincy and almost all of it was at the Adams NHP. We stop at everything and anything regarding the second and the sixth President of the United Stares including their final resting places.

This was so well preserved and we learned so much

Craig Hockenberry Ohio
Written 11 November 2022
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JacktheLad17
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Richard Stabile, our tour guide and Park ranger, gave an excellent tour of the Peacefield estate (we missed the earlier tour of the older homes due to a scheduling conflict). He was amusing and knowledgeable, and amenable to answering all sorts of our questions. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Adams family, as well as the property's trees. Thanks, Richard.
Written 22 October 2022
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creakbaum
Bella Vista, AR150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We toured the Kennedy Museum in the morning and had a tour time. Have toured several homes of older presidents by purchasing tickets on site or no ticket was required. When we arrived, there was only one ticket left. The Ranger refused to bend the rules and let two of us go. She needs customer service training. The visitors center was not crowded. She did restart the film for us. There were three employees in the center so maybe one should be driving the trolley? Leading another tour? Tour guides could drive their group in the trolley?
We walked to the house and while there saw two guides + one in training? They were much more customer oriented!
This site is full of our history. Don’t turn people away!
Written 26 September 2022
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