United First Parish Church (Unitarian)

A member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
1306 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts

Welcome to United First Parish Church, the Church of the Presidents

Quincy, Massachusetts, is proud to be distinguished as the birthplace lifetime home, and final resting place of the second and sixth Presidents of the United States, who each played crucial roles in securing our nation's independence and making our democracy strong.  The tombs of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, alongside those of First Ladies Abigail Adams, and Louisa Catherine Adams, rest within the crypt at United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents, which was their place of family worship.


Tour Dates and Times

Our public Visitors' Program operates  on a similar schedule to that of the Adams National Historic Park.

Tours of the Church and Adams Crypt are offered from Monday April 17th through Saturday November 25th. The program hours are:

Daily: 11am-4pm 


The Church of the Presidents is more than a home for its congregation.  It is a centerpiece of the City.  It is a symbol of our freedom.  While the Church of the Presidents has a cooperative arrangement with the Adams National Historic Park to open the crypt and the church building to visitors, because we are an active congregation we receive no money whatsoever from the Federal Government.


In recent years, the Adams crypt has been open to visitors and tourists who have come to visit QuincyCity of Presidents, from throughout the world. Operating the Visitor Program is a public service and its cost is not one that our members should be expected to absorb without help. The Visitor Program has a continuing need for funds to assure continued access to this historic treasure.


Therefore, the Church of the Presidents is asking for your help. The Adams and their generation pledged their lives and sacred honor so that we might enjoy independence and liberty today. Your tax-deductible contribution is important. We are a 501[c][3] tax-exempt organization and, in fact your gift may be eligible as a matching gift from your employer.


    In 2016, the Church and presidential crypts were visited by 8,013 visitors, including folks from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and 40 countries around the world!


We first opened to visit by the public in 1976, the Bicentennial Year, making 2017 our 41st season.  Until 1976, visits to the crypts were by appointment only.  The presidential crypts were originally sealed, and in 1903 the granite door was replaced by the current gate.

This year the History and Visitors Program will be celebrating the 250th birthday of John Quincy Adams and the 282nd birthday of John Adams.  These ceremonies started 50 years ago during the presidency of Lyndon r, with nine United States presidents having been represented at the ceremonies. The U.S. Navy serves as the official representative of represents the President and provides both an honor guard and musicians from the Navy band for the ceremonies each year.