United First Parish Church, Quincy

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United First Parish Church is a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Quincy, Massachusetts, established as the parish church of Quincy in 1639. The current building was constructed in 1828 by noted Boston stonecutter Abner Joy to designs by Alexander Parris. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 30, 1970, for its association with the Adams family, who funded its construction and whose most significant members are interred here.

It is called the Church of the Presidents because two American Presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, attended the church along with their wives, Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams. All four are interred beneath the church in a family crypt. The pew in which they sat is marked with a plaque and ribbon on the side.

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  • Another history lesson on the life of John and Abigail Adams and their desendents. The tour was very personal and guided by church members. We were able to see the crypt where the remains of John...  more »
  • After our tour at the Adams Historical Park we meandered across the street to see the United First Parish Church where we were given a guided tour led by an enthusiastic member of the congregation...  more »
  • President John Adams donated the money for the granite used to build this beautiful church. He and Abigail, along with their son President John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa are at eternal rest in the Adams family crypt below the church. The Presidential pew is marked where President John Quincy Adams and his family sat for service. The church member who gave the tour was wonderful. It was a special experience.
  • Beautiful and historic structure. Most people come to the area to visit the Adams National Historic Park, home to two Presidents. If you've just done the park tour, you can add this to your stop as this is where Presidents Adams and Quincy Adams are buried.

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