Discover Quincy Days

Friday, June 1, 2012

During Discover Quincy Days (June 2, July 7, August 4 and September 1) you will have the opportunity to experience Quincy and all of its rich history, all for one admission price!

You must purchase a Discover Quincy Days wrist-band for $5 - they are on sale at the Best Western Adams Inn, Coffee Break Cafe, Quincy Historical Society and Quincy Chamber of Commerce. 

Itinerary 1: The Adams Experience

Begin your journey at the Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center. After viewing the center’s exhibits and video presentation, board a trolley for the short journey to the quaint colonial saltbox birthplaces of two U.S. presidents: John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. From there, you’ll travel to the Old House at Peace field, the stately Adams mansion that served as summer White House to both Adams presidents and home to generations of their descendants.

Upon your return to the Visitor Center, a short stroll down the street will lead you to a guided tour of the United First Parish Church, which includes a visit to the crypt that is the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams.

Time: Tours depart the Visitor Center between 9:15-3:15, leaving every quarter past and quarter of the hour.
Location: Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1250 Hancock Street (Presidents Place). Public parking in attached garage.

Itinerary 2: The Quincy Experience

This itinerary begins at the Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society where you will have a guided tour of the museum. Built on the site of the birthplace of legendary patriot John Hancock — and funded by an endowment left by John Adams — Adams Academy began its life in 1872 as a boys’ preparatory school, which operated until 1908.

From here, provided transportation will take you to the Dorothy Quincy Homestead, where you will have a guided tour of the home and grounds. This charming colonial estate was home to generations of Quincys, one of Massachusetts’ leading families. The estate was also the childhood home of Dorothy Quincy, wife of John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and first governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Upon completion of your tour at the Quincy Homestead, provided transportation will bring you to the Josiah Quincy House, where you will have a guided tour. Built in 1770 as a country estate by revolutionary patriot Colonel Josiah Quincy, this colonial home served as a lookout point from which patriots observed British ships traveling in and out of Boston harbor.
Colonel Quincy was the first in a long line of Quincys – a line that would produce three mayors of Boston, a president of Harvard University, and five “Articulate Sisters”, well known as writers, artists, and keepers of the Quincy and Adams family history.

Time: Tours depart the Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society at 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:45
Location: Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society, 8 Adams Street (free parking in adjacent lot)

Itinerary 3: Walking Quincy Experience

Explore Quincy’s history by walking in the footsteps of John Adams! A Walking Tour map will guide you from
the Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society down
Hancock Street. You will note a variety of statues and markers along the way, such as the John Adams and
Abigail Adams/John Quincy Adams statues and the
Granite Ball. At the Hancock Cemetery, located across the street from the United First Parish Church, a historical interpreter will be on hand to guide you through the town’s
earliest cemetery.

Time: Guided Tours: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Pick up Walking Tour map at Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society, 8 Adams Street (free parking in adjacent lot)

 

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