Peacefield, John Adams
The Adams family has not one, but three residences in Quincy, Massachusetts, the hometown of both our second president, John Adams, and our sixth: his son John Quincy. The first two homes are located on the same property, a residential road indistinguishable from any other road in Quincy. The first house is where John Adams was born; the second is the house he built when he married Abigail, which contains a convincing replica of the writing desk upon which he wrote the Massachusetts State Constitution, the document which would serve as a model for the United States Constitution.
A bit further down the road is Peacefield, the retirement estate of John and Abigail Adams. The estate is more modestly sized than Washington or Jefferson’s estate (fun fact: the Adams bought it sight unseen while in France, and Abigail Adams cried when she saw it in person — she had remembered it as being much larger. Later Abigail would add to it while John was serving in Washington). The the grounds are charmingly simple, and the tour is packed with fascinating details on our second and sixth presidents.
If you haven’t had enough of the Adams by this point, you can visit the family themselves — their tombs are located at United First Parish Church in Quincy.
Local tip: Don’t visit in the winter. The only way of getting to any of the Adams’ houses is via open-air trolley.
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