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This old house was acclaimed as the grandest local estate in the 17th and 18th centuries in Quincy. "The Quincy Homestead" was chosen for the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, because it represents the evolution of over 300 years of American architecture by combining Colonial, Georgian and Victorian design.
The Quincys were one of the leading families of Massachusetts. Their decendants include President John Quincy Adams and Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes. It was the childhood home of the First Lady of Massachusetts, Dorothy Quincy Hancock, wife of John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and first governor of Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Colonial Dames negotiated a sale-leaseback agreement with the state in 1904 to save the mansion. The state is mostly responsible for the exterior and The Dames look after the interior. Since 2005, this old house has undergone much renovation to restore this stately historic building to its former grandeur.