STATEMENT OF KATHERINE H. STEVENSON,
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, BUSINESS SERVICES, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS,
COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES,
UNITED STATES SENATE,
CONCERNING S. 1413,
TO AMEND THE ADAMS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK ACT OF 1998
TO INCLUDE THE QUINCY HOMESTEAD WITHIN THE BOUNDARY
OF THE ADAMS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
NOVEMBER 4, 2009
Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to appear before your committee to present the views of the Department of the Interior on S. 1413, a bill to include the Quincy Homestead in Quincy, Massachusetts, within the boundary of Adams National Historical Park.
The Department opposes S. 1413, consistent with a 1994 National Park Service Special Resource Study that did not recommend adding this property to the
The Quincy Homestead was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2005 based on its architectural significance; its association with four generations of Edmund Quincys during the 17th and 18th centuries; its long association with people of learning and mercantile achievement; its use as a progressive farm in the 18th century; its path-breaking early restoration by Joseph Everett Chandler in 1904; and its association with the Society of Colonial Dames of America. The
In 1994, pursuant to Public Law 101-512, the National Park Service completed a Special Resource Study of a number of historic resources in
The purpose of
Although there is support at the county and local levels for inclusion of the Quincy Homestead into the National Park System as part of
Mr. Chairman, this concludes my testimony. I am prepared to answer any questions from members of the Committee.