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History of the Quincy Yacht Club

The Quincy Yacht Club has been an icon in the Houghs Neck community of Quincy, Massachusetts for more than 130 years. Its members have included local politicians and business owners, naval architects and boat-builders, presidents of corporations, and the secretary of the U.S. Navy. When the club was founded in 1847, Houghs Neck was a thriving summer resort, and the yacht club quickly emerged as a dominant force in the Massachusetts Bay regatta season.

Today, Houghs Neck is a  tight-knit residential community where many kids learn to pilot a skiff before they learn to drive a car. Although the Quincy Yacht Club stopped hosting regattas in the late twentieth century, its members remain active in the Quincy Bay Race Week Association and help organize volunteer efforts like the annual Harvey's Saltwater Fishing Club Vet's Day outing.

In February 2012, damage from an electrical fire closed the clubhouse. This panel exhibition is part of the club's renovation and will be installed in the new lobby, where club members and the community can get a small taste of the club’s remarkable history as it looks toward the future.


Quincy Yacht Club

Kristin Bierfelt organized this exhibition as part of a Tufts University museum studies internship during the winter and spring of 2013.


Visit Historic New England's nearby Quincy House, which tells the story of a prominent Revolutionary-era family, from June through October.

History of the Quincy Yacht Club