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What we did on our summer vacation….

August 20, 2013

flowers and rear facade of John Quincy Adams' birthplace

Our summer expedition took us to the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts. The site includes the birthplaces of two presidents: John Adams (second President of the United States) and John Quincy Adams (sixth president).  And, just as Abigail would have demanded, the interpretation remembers the ladies and tells the stories of the savvy women behind the men.  Visitors also meander through “Peace Field” — the home John Adams retired to following his presidency, and home to four generations of the Adams family.

The teenager rating?  He says that he learned a lot and was amazed by the Adams family’s long legacy of public service and scholarship.  The visit changed his estimation of John Adams and his descendants.   He was impressed by Peace Field and feeling of experiencing the many generations who lived there through the objects, the changing technologies, and the stories about the individuals.

It was one of the most muggy of summer days and we were thrilled to discover air conditioning inside the library barn.  Don’t leave the structure without finding out the secret of the tile floor.

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  1. Allyson permalink
    August 20, 2013 12:11 pm

    Now I want to go, and have rallied a couple others as well. Thanks

    • August 24, 2013 6:32 pm

      Don’t miss the large garden next to the Stone Library at the “Old House” (at Peace Field)

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