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Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum

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Address: 396 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740-4934
Phone Number: (508) 997-1401
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Three successive families in one large house

Having three successive families makes for interesting history and decor: everything from Art Deco bathrooms to original 1830s shelving; a beautiful staircase to an exhibition on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2016
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Having three successive families makes for interesting history and decor: everything from Art Deco bathrooms to original 1830s shelving; a beautiful staircase to an exhibition on travel. This is a lovely house with large and beautiful gardens, well used for weddings. Well worth a visit.

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Warren, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Gardens are open to the public for a nominal fee. I think we paid a senior rate of $5 per person. Docents are pleasant and eager to please. Though tours are usually self-guided, staff led us through the first floor rooms because the house wasn't busy on the day of our visit. Built in 1834 for... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Although our tour was last minute, the tour guide was absolutely a delight, encouraging us to park on the side street and come on in. The donation is $5. per adult. We were given a personal tour, and informed to tour the home independently. The home and grounds are exquisite and information given is very good. We recommend this tour... More 

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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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Jefferson Valley, New 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 via mobile

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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