Posted by: Shirley | April 15, 2012

Tour of Dorothy Quincy Homestead

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2012  at 1 p.m.
: Dorothy Quincy Homestead
34 Butler Road ~ Quincy, MA
RSVP:  Leave a comment here or on Facebook if you’re coming.

Please note: Wharton’s Age of Innocence is no longer part of this event.  It has been moved to the picnic the following week.

A National Historic Landmark, the Quincy Homestead is significant for its role in early American history, for its architecture, and for its Quincy family association. The property, located at the corner of Hancock Street and Butler Road, is part of the original land that Edmund Quincy acquired for a farm in the 1630s. The present house, dating from 1686, was enlarged and enhanced over a period of more than 200 years. Its majestic Georgian frontispiece and gambrel roof, with distinctive dormer windows, give the building a stately and substantial appearance.

The Homestead served as a home for five generations of Quincys, one of the leading families of Massachusetts. Their progeny include President John Quincy Adams and Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Leading up to the American Revolution, the residence was a meeting place for many American Patriots such as John Adams, Josiah Quincy and John Hancock. The house was also the childhood home of Dorothy Quincy Hancock, the first First Lady of Massachusetts, the wife of John Hancock, the president of the Second Continental Congress, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the first governor of the Commonwealth.


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