We've been on "staycation," up here in NH, and we've been enjoying the quiet, slow pace of a cool spring. Several days ago we ventured south to Massachusetts, and toured the birthplace of John Adams. Known as the Adams National Park, the presidential birthplace includes 3 separate houses - John's place of birth, the house he and Abigail first occupied, and their last home, a sprawling 18th century colonial with its own unique history. All three houses are located in the town of Quincy, which lies just south of Boston.
To see the homes, purchase tickets at the Visitor's Center. The homes are shown by guided tour only, which includes a trolley shuttle to and from the various building. The tour lasts about 2 hours in total. Detailed information about the park and tours can be found on the park website.
I found the last home on the tour to be the most interesting. Home to four generations of the Adams family, the house was built in 1731, but endured multiple modifications and additions throughout its nearly 300 years. Called "The Old House at Peacefield," the house is crammed with both original and reproduction furniture pieces, portraits, and artifacts from the lives of Adams and his family. Of particular note are the portraits, Abigail's collection of blue and white china, and Adam's desk.
Old houses with a long and significant history often take on a life of their own. Such is the case with this house, where the energy of past emotions pulses quietly in the narrow hallways and dark corners.
The Adams National Park is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Try stopping for lunch in Boston's North End. I recommend Monica's on Richmond Street!