The Fairbanks House

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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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32999B2012
Sacramento, CA105 contributions
Haunting History
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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Loretta L
Dedham, Massachusetts, United States4 contributions
The Fairbanks House in Dedham not to be missed!
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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lovecoley
Rocky Hill, CT6 contributions
Greatest piece of history
Aug 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed this historical and informative tour of the oldest wooden house. Tour guide was knowledgeable and accommodating. I definitely recommend checking it out if you are in the area.
Written August 28, 2019
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Rebecca1921
Boston, MA201 contributions
Fascinating historic home, beautifully preserved, with excellent guided tours
Jul 2019 • Couples
The Fairbanks House is an outstanding historic site that offers a captivating tour of architecture, social history and cultural life, starting with the original 1637 structure (meticulously preserved with original artifacts), and continuing with several small additions made in the 17th and 18th centuries, equally well maintained and full of period pieces. In each room, our guide highlighted the most significant furnishings, artifacts, construction elements and other details, and entertained us with stories of the interesting Fairbanks family who lived in the house from 1637 to 1904. Our guide was well-informed, articulate, responsive, and generous with his time. In an age of amusement-style historic sites with animation and interactive gadgetry, the Fairbanks House provides a gripping and enlightening tour of history, delivered with intelligence and integrity. Guided tours (the only way to experience the site) are offered on the hour and take about 60 minutes. Highly recommended.
Written July 7, 2019
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Eleanor J
Hyde Park,23 contributions
Unique house
Jul 2018 • Friends
For once i felt tall. House is very old with very low ceilings. Tour very informative and fun. Must see in Dedham.
Written May 7, 2019
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Anne D
Dedham, MA3 contributions
An Amazing Piece of History
May 2018 • Couples
This is truly a must-see! It is the oldest wood frame house in the country. If you visit Boston, Dedham is a few miles away and well worth visiting. The town was incorporated in 1636 so it has many interesting places to visit!
Written February 12, 2019
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ElectricalEngineer
Dedham, MA1,629 contributions
Liked it, but it is fairly low key
Jun 2018 • Family
It was fun to be in something so old and it was good to see the various artifacts. Somehow though it seemed a little low key and did not convey the history very well. I guess they could be a little more proud and excited about its age and the family history. A little movie or something to set the scene might be useful. As an avid history buff, I'm a little embarrassed by places that have ghost tours, but I have heard that people really like the ones here.
Written November 2, 2018
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WISCGirl
San Francisco, CA368 contributions
Pleasant little gem
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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Louise O
2 contributions
Oldest Wooden House in USA
Sep 2017
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 street. We were there prior to September, 2017 - probably in 2015.
Written August 10, 2018
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Richard L
Dedham, MA42 contributions
Fascinating piece of history
Oct 2017 • Couples
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 has some great stories to tell which will send shivers down your spine. Great for kids.
Written August 2, 2018
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