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quincy homestead

The Quincy Homestead

Location:

34 Butler Road ~ Quincy, MA 02169

2019 QUINCY HOMESTEAD HISTORIC TOURS SCHEDULE

All Saturday Tours 11:00am to 2:30pm – tour times are every half hour, with first tour at 11am, last tour at 2:00pm

  • Saturday, June 1
  • Saturday, June 15
  • Saturday, July 6
  • Saturday, July 20 -CLOSED- due to weather
  • Saturday, August 3 Special Event: Alfred Bina, president of the Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum, will provide a stone cutting demonstration using antique tools at the Quincy Homestead.
  • Saturday, August 17
  • Saturday, September 7
  • Saturday, September 21

Special Events:

Sunday, May 19, 2019. Opening Day for Quincy Homestead.
First tour 1:00 last tour 3:30 PM.
This Special Acknowledgement Day honoring our volunteers and their contributions will be highlighted by initiating the Friends of Quincy Homestead, a fund and place for volunteers to join the team at Quincy Homestead.

Plein Air Artist at Quincy Homestead this summer.
Stay tuned for the date and time of the annual art and photography activity held in collaboration with the Quincy Art Association. Join fellow artists in capturing the charming herb and flower gardens, a babbling brook and a seventeenth-century historic home and Carriage House set in a green oasis.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM Lecture:
Professor William Fowler, Northeastern Univ. will give a presentation relating to his book, "The Baron of Beacon Hill, a Biography of John Hancock." Sponsored by NSCDA-MA Quincy Homestead, the lecture will be held at the Quincy Historical Society, 8 Adams St, Quincy, MA 02169. From 12:30-2:00 there will be viewing of the Hancock carriage at the Quincy Homestead, 34 Butler Road, Quincy, MA will follow Professor Fowler's lecture. Attendance is free. We greatly appreciate donations to the Friends of Quincy Homestead.

Fees:

Admission is free on public tour dates. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Private Tours:

Special arrangements may be made for private group tours by contacting our office at 617-742-3190 or emailing [email protected]. A fee is charged for private tours.

Directions:

Take the Southeast Expressway (Routes 3 and 93) to Exit 8 for Quincy, Furnace Brook Parkway. Continue on the Parkway exactly 2 miles. Turn right onto Hancock Street. Take the first left onto Butler Road. The Homestead is on immediate left.

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.

The Quincy Homestead represents three architectural periods. In 1686 the original kitchen area was built. In 1706 extensive additions were made, and finally in the mid-18th century the current form emerged. It is one of the few houses in Massachusetts in which the elements of a 17th-century building are still clearly visible, although they have been surrounded by a later style. The house is an excellent illustration of how architectural styles developed during the colonial period.

A myriad of national themes may be explored at the Quincy Homestead. These include the study of the lives of the settlers in the Massachusetts Colony, the endeavors of the Patriots, the Quincy family, John Hancock, women's issues, portraiture and landscape design.

The Homestead's furnishings provide an intriguing historical record of daily life in a house dating back three centuries. Worthy of attention are three bedsteads dressed with documented treatments and fabric, one of which is a field bedstead with arched tester.

The parlor features wallpaper which was created in Paris around 1790. The design belongs to the Pompeian revival style which exploited the delicate and expressive possibilities of painted wall decoration.

In 1904 The National Society of The Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchased the Quincy Homestead, and then entered into a long-term cooperative relationship with the Commonwealth whereby the Commonwealth would own the property and would be responsible for maintaining the exterior of the house and grounds. The Dames agreed to furnish and maintain the interior of the house and to interpret its important history for visitors. This relationship continues today.

The Quincy Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.