John Adams' Birthplace

133 Franklin Street
MA 02169

John Adams' Birthplace

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John Adams, the 2nd U.S. President, was born in this “salt box” house on October 30, 1735. This house is now part of the Adams National Historical Park operated by the National Park Service. The birthplace of Adams' son John Quincy Adams is only 75 feet away. These are the oldest presidential birthplaces in the United States.

In the John Quincy Adams Birthplace, young John and his bride Abigail started their family and the future President launched his career in politics and law. John Adams maintained his law office in the house and it was here that he, Samuel Adams, and James Bowdoin wrote the Massachusetts Constitution. This document, still in use today, greatly influenced development of the United States Constitution.

Adams' later mansion, called "Peacefield" or "Old House," is a few miles away, as are the graves of both presidents and their wives in the United First Parish Church. The Abigail Adams Cairn, atop a nearby hill from which Abigail and the 7-year old John Quincy Adams watched the Battle of Bunker Hill and the burning of Charlestown, is also of interest. All are open to the public.

On December 19, 1960, the birthplace was designated a National Historic Landmark.

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