May 16, 2017

The Many Historic Sites in Quincy

While Quincy is widely known for its eclectic dining, diverse shopping, convenient access to Boston, and wide variety of waterfront activities, many may be surprised to learn about the city’s deep historic roots. Quincy is known as the “City of Presidents,” due to the fact that both President John Adams and his son, President John Quincy Adams, were born here. The town is actually named after John Quincy Adams’ maternal great-grandfather, John Quincy.


The rich history of Quincy and its prime location along the water provide many activities for residents and tourists alike.


Here are a few of our favorite historic places to visit:


  • Adams National Park – This historic park is home to the birthplaces of both John Adams and John Quincy Adams. It features the Old House and Peace Field, as well as a historic library. Visitors can get a glimpse of what life was like in Quincy more than two centuries ago.
  • US National Shipbuilding Museum and USS Salem – The USS Salem is located in the former Quincy Fore River Shipyard, one of the Nation’s largest shipbuilding enterprises. It’s the only heavy cruiser ship in the country that is open for public viewing as it has been turned into a museum that houses thousands of Navy artifacts.
  • Quincy Quarries – These one-time booming quarries are long-abandoned and have now been transformed into a park with miles of walking and hiking trails, along with rock climbing opportunities.
  • Quincy History Museum – This unique site was endowed by John Adams as a preparatory school for boys, and was built on the site where the legendary patriot John Hancock was born. The Academy is built of Quincy granite and is an early example of Gothic revival architecture in America.


The quaint and historic town of Quincy is not just a great place to visit, but also an ideal city to live in year-round.


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