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Address: 396 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: (508) 997-1401
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Rotch-Jones-Duff House - a must see!

This house is a treasure - and it's huge! Owned by several families over the years - you will get great information from the tour guide about the families and the life they lead... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Falmouth, Maine
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Falmouth, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This house is a treasure - and it's huge! Owned by several families over the years - you will get great information from the tour guide about the families and the life they lead. Very elegant house -- gives you a taste of what it must have been like to live there a hundred years ago. Small gift shop.

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Nueva York, Nueva York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Lovely house worth seeing when visiting historic New Bedford. It's part of the fascinating whaling and economic history of the town.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A beautiful house on a beautiful piece of land! Everything is well manicured and preserved so that you experience is as close to possible to that of the former residents. The employees are kind and will go out of their way to help you (I volunteered here last year and know first-hand how amazing they all are). A great visit... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This house really builds on the shore side aspects of the New Bedford whaling industry. The house is amazing and sometimes docents are available. The staff is very helpful and accommodating. The garden is nice, but I think that the house is the real reason to visit. It's mostly self guided tours, but the info they give you sets you... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I enjoyed seeing the Rotch-Jones-Duff house, which was built by wealthy families when whaling was at its peak. The house is very tastefully decorated. There were not many visitors in November 2014, so I received one-on-one attention for a personal tour. I will return to see the garden in the spring.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very nice historical house to visit. I am not familier with the previous owners but in the Spring and summer there are nice gardens and the house is of classical construction.

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Newhall, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Went with a coworker to do a radio interview. What a gem! We really enjoyed our visit and tour of the house. Great history... great stories. Worth stopping in a for an hour or 2.

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

When the Rotch-Jones-Duff House was built in the 1830s, it was far and away the finest of its type in the old whaling City of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The old house is of the Doric order. And it's a Greek Revival masterpiece. Though I am currently not too pleased with the director (they've had much better ones) since she appears... More 

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

New Bedford’s Rotch-Jones-Duff House will appeal to those with an interest in New England history, classic architecture, or gardening. For nearly 150 years, this gracious home was owned by a succession of three families who were leaders in the whaling industry. Pick up a visitor’s guide in the gift shop, watch a short video, and walk through the rooms and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Here is an opportunity to see a slice of life when whaling was the major industry in New Bedford. This very well preserved home is authentically furnished with items from the eras of the three families who lived there. Don't miss the beautiful gardens there which complement the lovely house. It would also be a spectacular venue for a wedding,... More 

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