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Adams National Historic Site- This was the home of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, of U.S. Minister to Great Britain Charles Francis Adams, and of the writers and historians Henry Adams and Brooks Adams.
Boston African American National Historic Site- Located in the heart of Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, the site includes 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th century African-American community.
Boston National Historical Park- Boston National Historical Park is comprised of eight sights in and around downtown Boston. The sites interpret the role of Boston in the American Revolution.
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site- Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost parkmaker. Visitors to this historic site in Brookline may tour the recently restored "Fairsted" historic landscape and a century-old design office.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site- This house is the birthplace and early boyhood home of the 35th President.
Longfellow National Historic Site- Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived here from 1837 to 1882 while teaching at Harvard. George Washington used the house as his headquarters during the siege of Boston, 1775-76.
Lowell National Historical Park- The history of America's Industrial Revolution is commemorated at Lowell National Historical Park. The park includes textile mills, worker housing, five and a half miles of canals and Nineteenth-century commercial buildings.
Marsh-Billings National Historical Park- This was home to pioneer conservationist George Perkins Marsh in the early 1800s. In 1869 attorney and railroad tycoon Frederick Billings bought the property, reforested it, and started scientific farming methods based on Marsh's environment-saving principles.
Minute Man National Historical Park- Minute Man National Historical Park was the scene of the fighting on April 19, 1775, that opened the American Revolution. Located in Concord, Lincoln and Lexington, Massachusetts, northwest of Boston.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site- Salem Maritime National Historic Site preserves and interprets objects, including vessels, houses, commercial buildings and wharves, that tell the maritime history of Salem, Massachusetts and New England.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site- This is the site of the first integrated ironworks in North America, 1646-68. It includes the reconstructed blast furnace, the forge, the rolling and slitting mill, and a restored 17th-century house.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site- From 1794 to 1968 Springfield Armory was a center for the manufacture of U.S. military small arms and the scene of many important technological advances. A large weapons museum is now housed in the original Main Arsenal Building.

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Recreation - Historical sites provide educational programs and opportunities to view historic buildings and locations. Some sites also have interpretive tours and hiking trails.

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Massachusetts - Massachusetts is a great place to experience New England charm. The state contains diverse landscapes that include mountains, beaches and bogs, surrounded by architecture dating from 1700 to the present.

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