New England Heritage Days 2013

- 10/8/13 1:00 PM


Plan to join us on October 8th and 9th at the Adams National Historic Park in Quincy, MA for HOME's New England Heritage Days 2013!

From the sweet little farm at the foot of Penn’s Hill to the gentleman’s country estate at Peace field, Adams National Historical Park is the story of “heroes, statesman, philosophers … and learned women” whose ideas and actions helped to transform thirteen disparate colonies into one united nation.

We will get to know John and Abigail Adams, and their role in founding a just and free nation. Learn of their determination and personal sacrifice as they helped our nation during the War for Independence.

Print your registration form HERE.

Cost: $8 per person (includes all tours and the Pen and Parchment Program)

Directions to the Park: Traveling south on U.S. Interstate 93 or Route 128

Parking: Validated parking is available in the parking garage behind the Adams National Historic Park Visitor Center (located inside Presidential Place). Turn left on Saville Avenue just before the building. 

Overnight Accommodations: Best Western Adams Inn discount rate is $119, per night (use HOME's group code CGHSCM when making your reservation). Free parking and deluxe continental breakfast is included. Reservation deadline to guarantee discount rate is September 8, 2013.

 Our Schedule of Events is as follows:

October 8

1:00pm - Arrival 

Meet at the Adams National Historic Park Visitor Center (located inside Presidential Place) to pick up Junior Ranger Activity Books!

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Tour of the Old Parish Church (located next to the Visitor Center) - Also called the Church of the Presidents, this church is an important part of the Adams story. Find out why!

October 9

9:45am – Noon   

Pen and Parchment: From Pen’s Hill to Pennsylvania (for students of all ages!)

Program at the Carriage House, 135 Adams Street

Travel through time and space to discover the meaning of independence! This program will focus on the great achievement of the Declaration of Independence, and the monumental role that John Adams played in its passage. In Addition, this program will examine the great achievement of Abigail Adams in setting forth her own vision for the new nation, and her use of writing to communicate these ideas.

Students will participate in two memorable historic events, and discover how Colonial families endured and triumphed! From the Adams farm at the foot of Penn’s Hill, Abigail Adams will encourage students to recount the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the role of women on the “domestic homefront.” Abigail will help students to construct a journal to record their first-hand accounts of her “domestic patriotism,” and remind the delegates at the Continental Congress to “remember the ladies.”

Then students will assume the roles of the delegates of the Continental Congress and “travel” to Philadelphia. With direction from John Adams, a delegate for Massachusetts, students will debate the important issues of the day, vote to adopt the Declaration of Independence, and sign the momentous document!

* Background and pre-visit information, plus an accompanying HOME Unit Study will be provided to each family that registers. Also, program participants will receive “park money” for free admission to Old House and Presidential Birthplace tours!

Lunch (Bring a sack lunch.)

Noon – 5:00pm

Tours of the Old House and Presidential Birthplaces