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The historic 1770 "Quincy House" is undergoing some maintenance and restoration work. The house was originally built as a country estate and was surrounded by fields and pasture overlooking Quincy Bay. It boasts an unusual monitor roof, the oldest known example of this roof style to survive from the original colonies. Its elegant architectural details, including a Chinese fretwork balustrade and classical portico, befit the status of the man who built it, the Revolutionary leader Colonel Josiah Quincy. It was in the attic of this house that Josiah and George (Washington) watched and reported on the movement of British troops in Boston Harbor. The Quincy family was as prominent as the Adams family in early Massachusetts history. The family produced 3 mayors of Boston and a president of Harvard College. This house located at 20 Muirhead Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is worth visiting.