Yesterday we drove to Quincy, MA to see the Adams National Historical Park, which was one of the top things on my list to do. We took the 2 hour tour which included the nation's two oldest presidential birthplaces, which stand on their original foundations, as well as the Old House at Peace Field and the Stone Library. Unfortunately, we were unable to take pictures inside the homes. The tour was AAA+ excellent! If you ever get the chance to go there, be sure to do it! I am definitely going to watch the HBO movie "John Adams" again when we get home and read the book that I have.
These first 5 pictures were taken with my iPhone.
|Birthplace of John Quincy Adams (6th president).|
|Birthplace of John Adams (2nd president) and where he grew up.|
|Stone Library built to hold the Adams' family extensive book collection.|
BTW, the floor of the library is Italian (I think) tile in the Ohio star pattern. One square has a deliberate mistake right near the door going into the library. One of the flying geese of one star is backward.
|The Old House where John and Abigail Adams retired to.|
After the tour, we drove into downtown Boston to walk on the Freedom Trail, but it was a logistic nightmare and even our GPS couldn't get us to the right location, let alone find the parking area. There were some special events going on, including a bicycle race, and that, combined with street signs lacking, made it impossible, so we had to leave.
We decided to make a stop in Lowell, MA to go to the New England Quilt Museum. Again, no pictures were allowed to be taken, which was a big disappointment. There were some amazing quilt, including a Dear Jane quilt, a quilt by Barbara Brackman, one by Carol Doak, and some lovely antique quilts.
|New England Quilt Museum|
|Our truck parked on the stone cobbled street with the museum in the background.|
We were exhausted by the time we got back to the camper around 4:30 PM. We had tried to figure out how to get downtown on a bus or subway, but came to the conclusion that the buses didn't run very often on Saturday, etc. etc. We are used to driving places and really like that we can go when we want to and not have to wait for a bus or subway. Even though we missed the Freedom Trail, I was pretty happy with our day. We're not finished with Massachusetts yet, so after a travel day, we will see more sites!