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Why go there?

Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts is the original home of two American presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and subsequent generations of their descendants. The national historical park's eleven buildings tell the story of five generations of the Adams family (from 1720 to 1927), including their ideas, values, and achievements in public service, diplomacy, literature, and education. Adams and his descendants would go on to play leading roles in the American Revolution, the founding of the United States, and the development of American democracy. The Old House was the birthplace of John Adams in 1735 and the family home until 1800 when John Adams became the first president to live in the White House. The Stone Library is where John Quincy Adams wrote his diary (spanning from 1779 until 1848) and developed his extensive book collection, which is now considered one of the finest private collections in the world. Together with other historic sites, museums, archives, and libraries-the park helps tell the story of America's past and its continuing journey toward a more perfect union.

About the Park

  • Historical

  • Famous Americans

  • Guided tours

  • Presidents

  • Visitor center

  • Historic buildings

  • History

  • Walking trails

  • Gardens

  • Interpretive programs and special events

  • Junior Ranger Program

  • Picnicking

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    Adams NHP

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    The Inspiring Legacy of John Adams


    Americana Corner

    • History

    • Historic sites

    • Presidents

    • Famous Americans