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The Fairbanks House

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Pleasant little gem

Hubby and I had just visited the grave of Lizzie Borden's dogs at the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery a few... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2018
San Francisco, California
Oldest Wooden House in USA

We made an appointment and received a personal tour and history of the house. It was interesting... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2018
Louise O
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Built by Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks in 1637, the Fairbanks House is the oldest timber frame house in North America. Eight generations of Fairbanks have lived here until 1904 when it was opened to the public as a historic site and house museum...more
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511 East St, Dedham, MA 02026-3060
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

Hubby and I had just visited the grave of Lizzie Borden's dogs at the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery a few miles away when I suggested that we drive past and take a pic of the oldest house. We were the only car in the parking...More

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Reviewed August 10, 2018

We made an appointment and received a personal tour and history of the house. It was interesting to learn that it is the oldest wooden house in the USA. We did not have to go far to see it as we live on the same...More

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Reviewed August 2, 2018

I highly recommend the ghost tour which is offered on Fridays and Saturdays from August to October by the curator, Daniel. Best to go on a dark and stormy night. The house is quite small and the ghost tour lasts about 45 minutes. The curator...More

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Reviewed June 30, 2018

We are staying at the Parker house and this was recomended to us as one of the oldest structures remaning in this area as well as being the oldest timber frame structure in America. I communicated witht Dan the curator to make sure a tour...More

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Fair1637, Manager at The Fairbanks House, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed May 23, 2018

We took the tour to learn more about our ancestry. The Curator, Dan, was exceptionally knowledgeable about the Fairbanks Family, their properties, the colonial history and beyond. He made the tour interesting and very enjoyable. We highly recommend the tour to anyone who has an...More

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Reviewed April 20, 2018

This is a landmark of high value and historical significance. I found the interior to be fascinating and interesting as it presents what life was like in Dedham over 300 years ago.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Make an appointment for a personalized guided tour of this well kept up wooden house - the oldest in the USA. The docent guide is knowledgeable about the history of this building and will happily answer you questions.

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Reviewed September 18, 2017

The oldest original wood frame house standing in North America. The first part built in 1630 something, the docent guide was full of information about the house and family. An hour tour. Worth doing!

Thank Richard F
Reviewed July 22, 2017

Architects, history buffs ,interior designers and practical Yankees take note. You will love this house. We had the pleasure of a tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide and though I have toured many historic sites still learned new things. But the house itself is the...More

Thank caperelli
Reviewed June 5, 2017

If you are from area easy to take for granted, but local group has done great job making worth a visit and especially if from area and you have family/friends unfamiliar with area and history.

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