John Adam’s Sanctuary – Peacefield
From 1797 to 1801, John Adams served as the second President of the United States. He also became the first-ever president to live in the President’s House (former name of The White House) in Washington, DC. Adams lost the next election to Thomas Jefferson and returned to Quincy, Massachusetts, where his sanctuary resides – Peacefield.
Peacefield, also known as The Old House was the historic home of John Adams and his wife, Abigail and the four generations of the Adams family. They bought the house in 1787 after a diplomatic trip to Europe. At first, Abigail, John Adams wife, was unhappy about the size of the house, so she did expansions until it was twice its original size. Peacefield was John Adams home before and after his residency. For the first two years of John Adam’s retirement, he isolated himself from the public and seldom left Peacefield, but later on, he engaged a lively interest in public affairs when his son, John Quincy Adams entered the world of politics. Peacefield is now part of the Adams National Historical Park.