Quincy Itinerary: Abe & Architecture in Massachusetts
The Itinerary at a Glance
Experience the paths traveled and sights seen that Abe Lincoln experienced during his frequent visits to the Pittsfield and Quincy areas. Pittsfield boasts more Lincoln-significant sites than any other place in the US, while Quincy was home to the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Savor delicious local cuisine and wine from Illinois vineyards before retiring to the William Watson Hotel, where Lincoln slumbered. Tour the interiors of beautiful homes in Quincy’s renowned East End Historic District, group-customized, all architectural gems.
3 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment
- Lincoln Storyboards
- East End Historic District
Duration: 2 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults over 21
Lincoln Talking Houses & the William Watson Hotel
Drive the 15 Lincoln-significant locations in the historic town of Pittsfield. Abraham Lincoln was a frequent traveler to Pike County, leaving a rich and interesting trail at the many locations he visited. In fact, there are more houses and sites associated with Lincoln in Pittsfield than any other place in the US. Each stop on the audio tour paints the picture of Lincoln’s life in this time in history. Pittsfield is also a Looking for Lincoln Community and has four Wayside Exhibits.
Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment takes place the first weekend every June at Pittsfield City Lake. The reenactment offers artillery drills, candlelit evening camp tours, a Ladies’ Tea & Fashion Show, plus music and food.
Take an evening drive out to scenic Hopewell Winery for a relaxing glass of wine before returning for the night to the William Watson Hotel. Renovated with luxury baths, spacious rooms and an inviting lobby with original masonry fireplace, this boutique hotel on the square was originally named the Mansion House Hotel, built in 1838. It is now one of the stops on the Talking House Tour, as Lincoln himself patronized the hotel on his travels. The owners have expanded to the adjacent building with Free Press Coffee House, serving coffee, tea and fresh house-made sweet and savory treats.
Lincoln in Quincy and Private Home Tours
Head west to Quincy to explore 18 Lincoln Storyboards dotting the historic downtown area, beginning in Washington Park. In 1858 the park was the hub of the sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate. A step-on guide will provide insight into the tale of the Storyboards, as well as intriguing city history.
Break for lunch at one of Quincy’s locally owned group-friendly restaurants, ranging from cantilevered river view dining offering Midwestern cuisine to authentic Thai in a beautifully restored downtown theater.
Tour three private homes in Quincy’s renowned East End Historic District. Groups rave over these tours. The homes are hand-selected to cater to the group’s interests. All of the homes on the tour are architectural standouts, some with elaborate gardens as well. The stops are arranged in neighborhood groupings for ease of touring. Each property has distinct design elements and has been meticulously restored, with the tours being given by the homeowners themselves.