Quincy Revolution: A Family Divided

What happens when one family is on opposing sides?

At Quincy House

In 1770 Colonel Josiah Quincy I built the current Quincy House on his 250-acre country estate. Colonel Quincy and his son Josiah were devoted patriots, but his son Samuel was a loyalist who left for England after the battles at Lexington and Concord and never returned to America. The Revolution divided the family forever.

In this program, students go on a scavenger hunt inside Quincy House to find artifacts relevant to the Revolutionary War era, work together to construct a timeline of events leading up to the Boston Massacre, analyze primary source documents, and write with a quill pen. At the end of the program, students re-enact the Boston Massacre Trial, where Josiah Jr. defended the British soldiers while Samuel prosecuted them.


Program Details

Available weekdays, fall and spring, for Grades 3 – 5. Program lasts 2.5 hours. Maximum group size: 30 students.

Please note we have had to increase our prices, effective September 2022. This is our first increase for these programs since 2005.

Cost: $200 for up to 20 students and an additional $10/student for groups of 21-30.

Type of Program: Field Trips

Related Topics: Family, Revolutionary Period

View a sample pre-visit activity.

Curriculum Links

Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

History and Social Science (August 2003 version)

Concepts and Skills 1,2,3
Learning Standards: S.11, S.15, S.18

View full frameworks from Massachusetts Department of Education

English Language Arts and Literacy: Grade 5 (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core document linked below)

View full Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

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