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Today’s photo was taken from Penn’s Hill in Quincy, Massachusetts, the site where future first lady Abigail Adams and her son, future President John Quincy Adams witnessed the smoke billowing from the Battle of Bunker Hill which took place 237 years ago today on June 17, 1775.

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George Herbert Walker Bush Birthplace

After visiting the Adams sites I drove a few miles to Milton, Massachusetts and the birthplace of future president George H.W. Bush.  The home is privately owned and seems to have seen its better days.  There was a tall privacy fence along the front of the house and a lot of trees on the side.  It was hard to get a decent picture!

Even if this stone was erected the day he took office, this stone can be no older than 23 years old – yet it looks much older.

 


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Tombs of the Presidents

John Adams and John Quincy Adams  and their spouses are all buried in the crypt beneath the First Parish Church, also in Quincy, Massachusetts.

They were originally buried across the street, in the Hancock Cemetery.  I was able to locate John Quincy Adams original burial place.  They were moved separately to the church crypt, Sr. in 1838 and Jr. in 1852.


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Adams National Historical Park

Today I visited Adams National Historical Park, which commemorates sites associated with the 2nd and 6th Presidents of the United States:  The first father and son to both serve as President.  It just sort of worked out that this happens to also be fathers day.  This is the home that John Adams was born in – in 1735.

Right next door to the home is the birthplace of his son, John Quincy Adams.  I was a bit disappointed because they were each born in the upstairs of the respective homes, however the tour was limited to the first floor of each home.

When I came to visit I had no idea that today was the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill.  Had I known, I might have just went to Bunker Hill, but instead I got to visit the site where the future first lady, Abigail Adams and her son, the future President John Quincy Adams witnessed the smoke that came from the battle which took place 10 miles to the north.

The Old House at Peace Field was the later home of Adams starting in 1788 and stayed in the family until the 1920’s.  John Adams died in this home on July 4th, 1826, the same day that Thomas Jefferson died – the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Next to the home is the Stone Library, built in 1870 to house the books of John Quincy Adams.  The park ranger said this makes it the “first presidential library.


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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Today I visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  Although the building looks large in the photo it really didn’t seem all that big.  I liked the recreated set of the 1960 debate between Nixon and Kennedy which included one of the cameras that was actually used that night.  There was barely a mention of the assassination, just a very short video clip of the television coverage from that day in 1963 shown on screens in a darkened hallway.

Behind the museum is a boat owned by Kennedy, the Victura.

 


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