Quincy, Massachusetts

Quincy (pronounced like QUIN-ZEE) is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Nicknamed the City of Presidents, Quincy is the birthplace of former U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as statesman John Hancock, fourth and longest serving President of the Continental Congress. It was named after Colonel John Quincy, maternal grandfather of Abigail Adams and after whom John Quincy Adams was also named.

Quincy is divided into numerous neighborhoods with rich individual histories and characteristics. Adams Shore was originally developed as a summer resort location and is now a year-round residential area. Germantown was the site of a former planned manufacturing community begun in the 1750s to encourage German immigration and is now a residential neighborhood. Hough’s Neck is a northeastern peninsular community named for Atherton Hough, who was granted the land in 1636 for use as a farm and orchard. Marina Bay is a residential-commercial area developed in the 1980s on the site of the closed Naval Air Station. Squantum with high-rise condominiums, restaurants and a large marina. Merrymount is a primarily residential neighborhood and the site of Quincy’s initial settlement.

Other neighborhoods are Montclair, North Quincy, Quincy Center, Quincy Point, South Quincy, Squantum, West Quincy and Wollaston (named for Captain Richard Wollaston, the leader of Quincy’s original settlers).

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