Hyannis Kennedy Legacy Trail

5. Location of Presidential Election Acceptance Speech

John F. Kennedy accepted the 35th presidential election in this building, the Hyannis Armory. After JFK and wife Jacqueline voted in Boston, they flew to Cape Cod to await the election results at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port. When it was announced that Richard Nixon conceded, the family formed a cavalcade and rode down to the Hyannis Armory, where Kennedy delivered his acceptance speech.


Hyannis Armory
When the news of his 1960 presidential victory was announced, John F. Kennedy was at home in Hyannis Port. It was in this building, the Hyannis Armory where he gave his victory speech. The Armory was built in 1958 and for many years hosted Battery D of the 685th AAA Machine Gun Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. The Armory building was transferred from the State of Massachusetts to the Town of Barnstable in 2008. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently vacant.


President-elect John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline standing at the podium inside the Hyannis Armory, November 9, 1960.