THE PATRIOT LEDGER, Weymouth –
After two years of being closed to the public and the completion of a $150,000 restoration, the Abigail Adams Birthplace will reopen next month.
The Abigail Adams Historical Society, which manages the house at 180 Norton St., will hold an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30.
Born Abigail Smith in 1744, the wife of President John Adams and the mother of President John Quincy Adams, lived in her parents’ home for nearly 20 years. The house was built in 1685.
Adams was educated at home, taking advantage of her father’s extensive library, developing into an extraordinary letter writer. Her surviving correspondence, including more than 1,200 letters exchanged with her husband John, is a major resource for understanding U.S. history.
Adams was her husband’s closest advisor and her ideas about government, politics and women’s rights helped shape his policies. She was also a strong influence of her son’s presidency.
The completed projects represent the first complex restoration to the structure since it was originally saved in 1947, moved to its current location and restored under the direction of architect Frank Chouteau Brown.
The recent work included restoration of the windows, replacement of the clapboard and corner boards with replica materials and repairs to the roof, a weakened support post, main plate beam timbers and sheathing.
The work also confirmed the building’s age and that much of the structure’s original material remains.
Funding for the restoration was secured under the Community Preservation Act and the town of Weymouth, and restoration work was guided by Menders, Torrey and Spencer Architects and implemented by Essex Restoration.