Quincy in Norfolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Adams National Historic Park
“Improve your understanding for acquiring useful knowledge and virtue, such as will render you an ornament to society, an Honour to your Country, and a Blessing to Your parents.”
Abigail Adams in a letter to her 10-year-old son, John Quincy Adams, in Europe.
Abigail Adams was a determined and intelligent woman and one of history’s most renowned and prolific letter writers. She holds the distinction of being the wife of the second U.S. President, John Adams, and the mother of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams. For nearly a decade during and after the American Revolution, as her husband struggled at home and abroad to establish a new nation, Abigail remained the “patriot on the home front,” a keen observer and astute chronicler of the events that led to American independence. Her now-famous correspondence provided her husband with a window on the tumultuous events in Boston and Braintree and left an indelible “pen and parchment” record for future generations.
In a compelling appeal for women’s rights, Abigail urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” as John and his fellow delegates at the
This bronze statue, dedicated by the Quincy Partnership on June 14, 1997, was created by sculptor Lloyd Littie of Newton, Massachusetts. It depicts Abigail Adams urging young John Quincy Adams to go out into the world and prove himself. The statue stands on the grounds of the Hancock Meetinghouse, predecessor to the adjacent United First Parish Church.
Erected by Adams National Hist Park.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Revolutionary • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #02 John Adams, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #06 John Quincy Adams series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1861.
Location. 42° 15.083′ N, 71° 0.201′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Hancock Street and Washington Street, on the left when traveling southTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Quincy MA 02169, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United First Parish Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Hancock Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Men of Quincy, Mass. (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Adams (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burns (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Hancock Birth Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Adams Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Reynolds Dimmock LL.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
More about this marker. The marker contains a portrait of Abigail Adams painted by Benjamin Blyth in 1764, courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Near this is the closing from her letter to John Quincy, “your ever affectionate mother, A A.”
Also see . . . Abigail Adams. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on April 19, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,039 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 6. submitted on April 19, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.