The birthplace of the nation’s second and sixth presidents, Adams National Historical Park is perfect for Bostonians looking to make a quick day trip to a historic property. The park, which is featured in New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius and William H. Johnson, is located in Quincy, Massachusetts, and its fourteen acres include a handful of notable structures: the former houses of both John and John Quincy Adams, the Georgian-style Old House at Peacefield, and the nation’s first presidential library. Beginning in mid-April, trolleys chauffer visitors from downtown Quincy to the site. Visitors can also stroll through the property’s formal garden, which are filled with lilacs, roses, sweet bay magnolia, and a yellowwood tree, which was brought back from Washington, DC, by John Quincy Adams.
Adams National Historical Park
135 Adams Street
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To learn more about the property, pick up a copy of New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens at the park’s gift shop or at one of these bookstores:
Round out your day of sightseeing by stopping by one of these local restaurant favorites:
- Fat Cat Restaurant offers great, fresh fare. Its diverse menu—and the accompanying range of prices—is sure to please any palate, regardless of budget.
- The Four’s Restaurant & Sports Bar is perfect for grabbing a pint after a long day of sightseeing. The cozy atmosphere and the excellent clam chowder make for an ideal end-of-day treat.
- The Inn at Bay Pointe provides diners with a gorgeous view of the surrounding bay, and the restaurant’s patio is a great way to enjoy the rising spring temperatures.
This post is part of a larger series celebrating the sites included in our latest title, New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens, by Kim Knox Beckius with photography by William H. Johnson. See the recent Victoria Mansion post and last week’s Hildene post, and keep an eye out for fun spring getaway ideas throughout the month!