|birthplace of John Adams|
|Home of John Adams and birthplace of John Quincy Adams|
|The Old House|
After the Adams National Historical Park I went into Quincy Center for the United First Parish Church. John Adams donated land for the church to be built on and John Quincy Adams worshipped there. They even rented a pew for their personal use, as was common at that time. This is also the final resting places of both presidents and their wives, although Louisa, wife of John Quincy Adams, did not like Quincy all that much and wished to be buried in Washington D.C. She was buried in Quincy anyway because death is just as difficult as life.
|Harold loves sitting in the seat of Presidents|
|John Adams tomb. Notice the flag has 15 stripes instead of 13.|
|John Quincy Adams' tomb|
Marina Bay was a "must see" on the list according to friends. I've heard so much about it that it became the first stop on my tour of Quincy. It was smaller than I expected but I'm someone who grew up in VA Beach with a very long boardwalk with tourist shops every square inch. Marina Bay was very beautiful with a gorgeous view of Boston across the harbor. It was punctuated with a tall clock dedicated to the Vietnam Veterans. There are restaurants and shops located there for those looking for a little nightlife or just dinner. I was impressed with the wooden boardwalk which is pretty rare these days I think.
Third stop was the USS Salem/Naval Shipbuilding Museum. It was great walking around the battleship and the presentations they set up on the second and third decks are very interesting, especially when they talk about life aboard a ship. It was cool to walk into the compartments and see the inner workings of a ship. It reminded me of when my father was on a ship.
The Col. Josiah Quincy House was nothing more than a house. It is only open by special appointment and is tucked in a neighborhood surrounded by residential houses. The architecture is nice to look at and there is a story of how Josiah Quincy while keeping watch for invading British ships scrawled on the window information on the position of these ships in order to pass the information along to Gen. George Washington.
Last but not least was the Quincy Quarry. It used to be filled with water but now has a field with huge granite rocks that has become a favorite spot for rock climbers. It is marked by colorful graffiti that, to me, gives the quarry a little character. There was a time when this quarry supplied the entire country with granite for roads, buildings, etc. Now, its a recreational place.
|Harold trying his hand at some rock climbing|
Overall, I enjoyed Quincy, especially the revolutionary historical aspect of it. Its the kind of place that has a lot to offer depending on what you are looking to do for the day. I was impressed by it and from what I'm hearing they are attempting to redesign the layout of the city to make it nicer. If thats the case, I can't wait to see that because it looks pretty nice already.