This was a must-see on our trip. Ever since our family watched the mini-series about John Adams, we have wanted to see the farms our 2nd president loved so well.
We were a little confused when our GPS took us downtown Quincy. We were expecting to be in the country but we followed the signs of the National Park Service and ended up at the Ranger Station where we learned we would need to take a trolley to two different sites.
In Adam’s time, the farms were in the country. Today they are surrounded by city. Both are located on Franklin Street which used to be “Old Coast Road” that went from Boston to Plymouth.
Our first stop was at Adam’s Birthplace. Right next to it is the home he and Abigail moved into when they were married. Their son, John Quincy who would become the 6th president of the United States, was born in that home. We took a Ranger led tour of both homes.
Our second stop took us to Peace field, the farm Adams and Abigail bought years later. It belonged to the Adam’s family for four generations. John Quincy resided there. All the furnishings in this home are authentic to the family. A stone house that houses John Quincy’s library is also there and is just the way it was all those years ago. It’s not an official Presidential Library but it is a presidential library, nonetheless. A Ranger guided us through these structures as well. The gardens were beautiful and it was easy to see why John Adams loved the area so much.