John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is Established

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, located in Brookline, Massachusetts' Coolidge Corner neighborhood, is a historical site that commemorates the life of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.

Tours of his home are offered, and a film is presented.

The Kennedy home in Brookline, Massachusetts was the birthplace and childhood home of future President John F. Kennedy. His brother, Joe Jr., and his sisters, Rosemary and Kathleen, were also born in the house. The house itself was purchased by Joseph P. Kennedy in 1914 and the family lived there for the next seven years, until the increasing success and family size motivated the Kennedys to move to a larger home just a few blocks away on Abbottsford Road.

In 1967, Rose Kennedy restored the house to her recollection of its 1917 appearance. It was recognized by the National Park Service as the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site shortly after. The home is open to the public and its staff offers guided tours or self-guided audio tours.

John F. Kennedy NHS preserves the birthplace of America’s 35th president. In 1967, the president’s mother returned here, where Kennedy spent his boyhood, and restored the house to her recollection of its 1917 appearance. Each year, thousands of visitors join NPS staff to share Mrs. Kennedy’s memories in a tour of the house and neighborhood that, in her words, hold "many happy memories."