The Quincy Homestead remarkably demonstrates the evolution of over 300 years of American architecture. The original part of the house was built in 1680 in the First Period Colonial style. Over the years it was enlarged and enhanced, with each addition reflecting the architectural tastes of the times. Today, the facade is largely Georgian, but you can still find elements of a 17th century Colonial home.
Once you’re inside, the home’s furnishings will give you a fascinating historical record of life in Massachusetts three centuries ago. From the bedsteads to the kitchen, you can truly feel what it was like to work, meet, relax and cook in Colonial America.
The Quincy Homestead is also known as the Dorothy Quincy Homestead, named in honor of the three generations of Dorothy Quincys who called the house home during the 18th century. Edmund Quincy IV’s youngest daughter, Dorothy Quincy, married the famous patriot and founding father, John Hancock.
The Quincy family produced three mayors of Boston, including Josiah Quincy III, who commissioned the construction of Boston’s Quincy Market. In 1792, when Braintree split apart, the new town of Quincy was named after Colonel John Quincy, a grandson of Edmund Quincy II, and the maternal grandfather of Abigail Smith Adams (the wife of President John Adams and mother to President John Quincy Adams).
A visit to the Quincy Homestead provides a view of over 300 years of architectural evolution—Colonial, Georgian and Victorian—all under one roof as well as stories of the five generations of the prominent Quincys who resided there through the mid-18th century.