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United First Parish Church
Ranked #2 of 21 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.
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

I'm really echoing what others have to say, that visitors to Quincy should definitely see the Adams National Historic Park first, and to get the full story, see UFPC, which JQ Adams attended.The previous church on the site was attended by John Adams and John Hancock; the minister was Hancock's father. The church has tremendous history going back to the 1600s. UFPC is a very short walk from the NPS visitor center. While you are at UFPC, don't miss the Burying Ground across the street... and check out the map of the graves on Google (outstanding!). The city of Quincy is improving the greensward in front of the church, so that it will no longer be link the Indy 500, and it will become a calmer, greener location.
If you haven't had enough Adamsiana by then, check out the Dorothy Quincy House and the Quincy House - but they have very limited opening times.

Visited May 2014
4 Thank Graeme M
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Quincy, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“History in our own back yard”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Living in Quincy, Ma. for many years it was long past time to see what visitors come from far away to see. This was one of many stops along the historical tour offered by The Park Service which we took and one of the most interesting. To actually be where two former presidents and their wives are buried was impressive. History is so much a part of Quincy that it becomes part of the residents daily lives. To see where the presidents worshiped is worth the visit. The small donation is well worth it considering what you are able to see.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank tffob3
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very cool”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

As the parish member mentioned, the only time you can sit where a president sat. Specifically in the Adam's pew. The crypts where the Adams were buried were very interesting as well. The architecture of the church was amazing.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank MMG781
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Weymouth, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great for a visit, or for a service!”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

United First Parish Church has much to offer, from the wonderful visitor's program to the active community of churchgoers that meet here every Sunday morning at 10:30am. They are a vibrant and eclectic community dedicated to social justice, community outreach and promoting the history of this amazing church.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank WileyCox
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Escondido, California
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280 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Just took a tour here on Saturday at noon. This was the first tour of the day. The suggested donation was $4.00 per person, which I gladly paid. The church is both beautiful and historical. The tour guide gives you information about the history of the church, and the background of the Adams family. John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the second and fifth presidents of the United States, are buried in a crypt in the basement that you visit at the end of the tour. During the beginning of the talk, you sit in one of the church pews. My girlfriend and I happened to sit in the very pew designated for these two presidents when they attended church service on Sunday long ago. We are both glad to have visited the United First Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank MrLorin
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