United First Parish Church (Unitarian)
A member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
1306 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts

Visiting the Church of the Presidents


Daily Tours


Daily tours are now closed for the season.


Our daily tour program operates  on a similar schedule to that of the Adams National Historic ParkDaily tours of the Church and Adams Crypt are offered from Monday April 17th through Saturday November 11th, 2017.  


Special Tour Dates


Thanksgiving Week 2017

Fri. Nov. 24 & Sat. Nov. 25, 11 am - 4 pm,  Sunday Nov. 26th, Noon - 4 pm


Presidents' Day 2018

As a part of the City of Quincy's Presidents' Day celebrations.  Tour times TBD.



The History & Visitors Program


First gathered in 1636 as a branch of First Church in Boston, this congregation was established in 1639. This magnificent building was completed in 1828 and is the fourth meeting house of the Church.


The United First Parish Church building, considered the finest existing Greek Revival church in New England, is a National Historic Landmark. It was designed by noted architect Alexander Parris, who also designed Quincy Market in Boston.

 


United First Parish Church, once known as The Church of the Presidents, and Old Stone Temple, 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.

"Whether separate or together I am sensible that every year has been productive of many blessings, and that I have great cause for thankfulness."  - Abigail Adams, written to John Adams
Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony 2016
Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony Honoring the Life of John Adams

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s creation of a new Presidential Wreath-laying tradition.

 

According to this tradition, each year Presidential wreaths are placed at the final resting place of all past (deceased) Presidents on the anniversary of their birth.

 

As the final resting place of both Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, United First Parish Church (Church of the Presidents) has been the care-taker of this annual presidential commemoration in Quincy for the last 49 years.  


For more information about the Presidential Wreath-laying ceremonies or our tours please call 617-773-0062 or email, visitorsprogram@ufpc.org.