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In 1872, prominent Boston architects, Ware and Van Brunt, designed this handsome brick and granite "Stone School House" opened as a classic academy providing a high caliber education focusing on the classics to prepare students for higher education at Harvard College. The Academy closed in 1907, but stands as a monument to John Adams and his interest in education and devotion to the people of Quincy. The leader and first signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock,was born at this site.
Today, this beautiful building serves as a museum, library and home to the Quincy Historical Society. It is located at 8 Adams Street and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.