This country estate overlooking Quincy Bay transports visitors to the Revolutionary War era and tells the story of a woman's work to preserve her family's history more than a hundred years later. Revolutionary leader Josiah Quincy built the house in 1770. During the months leading up to the war, he observed troop movements from its monitor, a half-story space above the roof with windows on all sides. Quincy and his family played key roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts for generations, producing three mayors of Boston and a president of Harvard. In the early 1880s Eliza Susan Quincy made it her life's work to document the historic significance of her family's home. She kept journals, inventoried the contents of the house, commissioned photographs of the interior, and persuaded relatives to return heirlooms so that the house could become a repository of Quincy family history.

Open June 1- October 15
First Saturday of the month
Tours on the hour, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Last tour at 4 p.m.

The Josiah Quincy House is one of thirty-six historic properties owned and operated by Historic New England. Visit for more information.

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Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property


20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, MA 02170

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