The Fairbanks House
The Fairbanks House
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IMPORTANT: MUSEUM IS OPEN MAY 3rd THROUGH OCTOBER 29th. 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 filled with period furnishings owned by Fairbanks descendants.
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Loretta L
Dedham, Massachusetts, United States4 contributions
Oct 2019 • Business
I’m a member of The Fairbanks Garden Club in Dedham MA. We named ourself after The Fairbanks House - the oldest timberframe house left in America. We help maintain the historic gardens on the property and help out with the annual Fairbanks Family Reunion every summer when descendants come in from around the world. The house is fascinating to your and the Curator and docents are very knowledgable. The fall Ghost Tours are so much fun and fill up fast! Definitely worth this walk through history!
Written February 11, 2020
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patisson
Cambridge, MA492 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
This house is ancient -- at least by American standards -- yet its high standard of preservation aided by the excellent presentation by its curator brings it to life. Compared to many modern buildings this seems like a comfortable place to live despite its lack of modern amenities and somewhat ramshackle organization. Walking through you get the feel of what living was like over many generations of residents. A vital part of New England history, this is well worth a visit!
Written June 3, 2013
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independentrider1
Massena, NY268 contributions
It was closed when we arrived but still walked around and took pictures. How could you not want to visit the oldest house in the USA?
Written July 30, 2012
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walpoleartlover
Walpole, MA29 contributions
Oct 2011
If you want a really good look into our past come to the Fairbanks House for a tour. The house was built in 1637 and the old section is much intact with additions into the 19th century. You can see so much about how our domestic arrangements have evolved oer time. Let your mind expand as you explore the changes.
Written February 24, 2012
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MassLady06
Massachusetts33 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
Fairbanks House is the oldest timber frame house in America - that alone makes it worth the stop for anyone intereted in architecture. But there is even more. Don't expect glitz and glamor, this is a real house multilayered with the stuff from several generations. Be sure to check their website or call for updated tour time. Combine it with a trip to the Dedham Historical Society and you have a taste of very early colonial life - Dedham was founded in 1636.
Written July 30, 2012
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WISCGirl
United States369 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
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 lot so we assumed tours were over for the day but to our pleasant surprise, a lovely young tour guide approached us and asked if we wanted a tour. Lucky us got a private tour at the end of the day.

This house is authentic with a capital "A". The oldest section of 4 rooms is still standing. It was a hot day and hot inside the house so I got a genuine appreciation for how life was back in the 1600s. Hearing stories about the Fairbanks family and seeing their photos while touring this old, hot house really brought them to life.

The tour guide was going to be doing ghost tours later than night. She mentioned that the haunted part of the house was not the old section but rather the newer east wing.

Very worthwhile visit to support a piece of American history.
Written September 6, 2018
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Charlestee
Boston, MA26 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
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.
Written April 20, 2018
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TravelingLibrary
Needham, MA164 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
I had wanted to visit the oldest standing timber house in North America and a local history society arranged a tour. This is well worth a visit. Erin, the curator, gave us an overview and then our docent provided a tour for over an hour showing us all of the details of this home. The Fairbanks House was the home of 8 generations and made into a house museum in 1902. The building has had minor modifications the outside has new clapboards and roof but the inside is an excellent example of early American housing.
There are two steep staircases to the upper floors and the floor slope a lot so wear flat shoes and hold on to the railings.
Written October 18, 2014
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DavidBenz
Dedham, MA154 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
The fact that this house is 375 years old is its main attraction. There is simply no other house so old, and certainly very few even close to this age in this area. So it preserves a type of construction and specific details of early colonial life that few other places can approach. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and have any interest in the earliest colonial period of the US. Good tour guides.
Written November 25, 2013
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32999B2012
Sacramento, CA111 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Take the haunted house tour and also the regular tour. Museum curator is superb historian who respects the lingering spirits in this very old abode.
Written April 6, 2020
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