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“Presidential Visit”

United First Parish Church
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Quincy
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Owner description: United First Parish Church (also known as The Church of the Presidents) has a rich history in both the social and religious community. Our church is the burial place of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams.
South Hills, Pennsylvania
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153 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Presidential Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stopped in the United Parish Church in Quincy, Ma, just across the street from the NPS shop. We learned about the history of this church/ congregation and the influence religion had on John Adams and his personal belief system. This belief system had a huge impact on the formation of the United States.

In the basement of the church is a crypt with the re-entombed bodies of John and Abigail Adams and John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa Catherine Adams.

When looking up the church on- line you will notice that a Universal Unitarian Church is what the search results yield. This is the correct church.

The small tour of the church and a visit to the crypt are worth your time.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank chezcalais
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

It's a gorgeous church! John Adams didn't attend this church, they tore down that one. John Quincy Adams did attend here. The graves are here in the basement of John, Abigail, John Quincy and Louisa (John Quincy's wife).

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Traveler09
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Boston, Massachusetts
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138 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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“An Important Stop, but Gracious It's Hot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

A visit to the church where John and Abigail (as well as John Quincy and Louisa) are entombed is an essential part of the Adams pilgrimage. The tours are interesting and the visit to the tombs are inspiring, but be advised that the church gets very, very hot in the summer. We visited on a 90+ degree day and neither the tour of the Old House nor the walk between the two properties was as physically draining as being in the church for the 15 minute tour before we ventured down to the crypt.

Visited July 2013
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295 reviews
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“Lovely Historic Church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

This old church has been here a long, long time. John Adams and his family, including his son John Quincy Adams, are buried in tombs in the lower part of the church. The family perch is still there with their names on where they sat every Sunday in church. Really great place to visit.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Larry8241
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140 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“Interesting stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

If you are spending an afternoon in Quincy seeing the historical sites, stop into this church. The domed ceiling alone is worth a look. It is beautiful and quite unusual. There are ties to the Adams family here including the tombs of 2 presidents.

Visited June 2013
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