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.
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 before the world press and campaign workers who waited for the results of the very close election. 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 building was transferred from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the Town of Barnstable in 2008. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently vacant.