This week our project site was Adams National Historical Park located in Quincy, MA. The park is historically significant because the Old House dates back to 1731 and has homed 4 generations of the Adams family. Two presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams lived in the home. The and the house became a National Historical Park in 1947 and has the second highest amount of artifacts in one place. The Adams house tour was interesting because of all the old artifacts everywhere and history about the house
Our project this week was to assist the park staff with fundamental landscape maintenance tasks. One of our first project tasks was to prune the overgrown rose bushes and privet hedges. We trimmed and thinned the bushes to a lower height while removing dead branches and weeds. Another task we completed was haying the orchard. The park grows the grass in the orchard to about 2 feet high until it is ready to be mowed. We used a sickle bar mower to cut the grass and then raked the hay into piles so that it could dry in the sun. The highlight of this project was seeing the outcome and how much we accomplished in a short amount of time. The challenging part of this project was avoiding poison ivy, thorns, and staying cool!
Pruning privet hedges
Haying the orchard