In celebration of today's President's Day holiday, we're taking you on a tour of six Presidential homes found in the New England states. And even though Massachusetts is only the third country to have produced the most number of US Presidents, their homes found here are the quaint and quintessential American foursquare that we're so used to seeing in movies and biographies.
First up, did you know that aside from the town being named after them, the homes of John Quincy Adams and John Adams are only steps away from each other? The second and sixth US Presidents, respectively, lived in what is now aptly known as Qunicy, Massachusetts. Both of their homes now are part of the 11-structure park dedicated to the memory of the family. One of the features of the latter son's home is a library called 'Stone Library', that features four generations of Adams family writings as well as 14,000 leather-bounded manuscripts of novels, poetry, and the like. And like most New England homes, the Adams property has a sprawling garden that includes in it a little chapel where the Presidential family held service.
The Fourteenth President of the Union, Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Now called the Franklin Pierce Homestead, this federal-style home is a great example of post-Colonial architecture and classicism. Bare stenciled walls and French furniture influences most of the furnishings in this home. Pierce, being an avid fan of owning real estate, also had a small mansion built outside his town in Concord, NH. Called the FP Manse, the property is sublimely different that the President's original home in Hillsborough, featuring traces of Greek Revival architecture.
The fifth son of a poor Irish preacher, Chester A. Arthur is a native of Fairfield, Vermont. Just like his family's modest lifestyle, their home was of a modest built and featured the most basic of necessities, and served the family purposefully. What was once the site of a humble cottage (hard to believe it was the site where a US President was raised), is now home to a plaque, reminding passersby of its original place in history. Perhaps aside from the textbook history reminder, the plaque also serves as an inspiration to the town, reminding everyone that no matter where you come from and how humble you seem, great things can come about from everywhere.
Just past the borders of Brookline and Boston is a small square named after one of America's greatest statesmen, President Calvin Coolidge. The thirtieth president, he was known to be a practical and thrifty man with great integrity. He was born in Plymouth Notch, New Hampshire and would later retire to the same site. His family had very deep roots in New England, with ancestors having been the original settlers in Watertown, Mass. His family's home, being very colonial and New England, is reminiscent of houses along the coastal parts of the Northeast.
Born, raised, and residing in Texas, only a handful of people know that the families of Presidents George W. Bush and George Bush Sr. enjoy summers in their retreat home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Enclosed within the confines of its own compound, the Presidential Summer Home known as 'Walkers Point' is visible to tourist plying the murky waters of the town. Built as a cabin, the retreat home features stone slabs and wooden finishings, mixing together that New England charm and Southern spirit.
Last but not least, the most popular of the US Presidents residing in New England, John Fitzgerald Kennedy whose life, family, and legacy remain in the Commonwealth. The Kennedy compound, located in Hyannisport, Mass. is primarily accessible via boat and private land transfers, affording the fabled family privacy and detachment form the rest of the world. The main mansion where John's parents, Rose and Joseph raised them, is a sprawling four-floor family home, completed with fourteen bedrooms and twelve baths - all designed in colonial New England fashion. And although the Kennedys are best remembered for their home in Hyannis, only few know that JFK was born in a three-story home in Brookline, where his parents first lived as a married couple.