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Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum

Address: 396 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: (508) 997-1401
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Ranked #7 of 19 Attractions in New Bedford
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums

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Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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95 reviews 95 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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Nesconset, New York
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31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This a beautiful historic home which spans a city block. The home was owned by Rotch who made his money in the whaling trade and then was owned by Jones and finally Duff before becoming a museum. The gardens were all in bloom with roses today.

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Dartmouth, MA
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230 reviews 230 reviews
36 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This house museum features the history of the three families that lived there, from the whaling days until the 1960s, so you learn about the old house itself and its rooms are decorated from the different times periods the families lived in the house, and you learn about the history of New Bedford and the neighborhood on County Street that... More 

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Powhatan, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

love love this place the flowers ,trees .It's such a beautiful place to take pictures whether they are wedding or any other pictures. Everyone should stop by and see it

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This hous is unique in that it presents 3 different families who have owned this house and has sections of the house devoted to the different eras. They have done a good job in restoring each section of the house in the genre of the 3 prominent families who owned this house before it became a tourist attraction. We did... More 

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