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Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum

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396 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740-4934
+1 508-997-1401
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lovely home, lots of roses

In New Bedford you hear a lot about whaling--at this house, you can see how a leader of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TheBigSuitcase
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Salem MA
A beautiful, historical home

We love touring old homes, and hearing the stories of people who had lived in them. This is a must... read more

Reviewed April 1, 2018
sweetmama17
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new hampshire
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396 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740-4934
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In New Bedford you hear a lot about whaling--at this house, you can see how a leader of the industry lived. Mr. Rotch, a Quaker, built quite a place! The rooms are richly furnished, right down to the bathrooms. You can take your time or...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

We love touring old homes, and hearing the stories of people who had lived in them. This is a must see if you enjoy that too.

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Reviewed February 8, 2018

A Unitarian, Ms Rotch may have influenced Ralph Waldo Emerson, interim minister in 1831, since she always left before communion, and Emerson eventually declined ministerial duties partly because of communion. The Carpenter's Son has hung in D.C., a provocative view of a New England carpentry...More

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

The House that Whales Built. House of the wealthyest family in New Bedford then owned by other wealthy families. building is in its orginial condition. All the owners were leading families in both wealth and influance.in New Bedford. The house is represenative of the family's...More

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Reviewed October 18, 2017

A trip into history. Interesting how people lived back in the day. The house and grounds are magnificent If you visit New Bedford, after the Whaling museum this is a good next stop on your tour

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Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

Excellent, beautiful home of the top whaling barons. In beautiful shape. Very nice gardens. Nice to be able to wander through it without someone lecturing you. They just need to let more people know about this historic gem. --Tad and Peggy Campion

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Reviewed March 5, 2017

Very interesting old house that presents an excellent window on how some of the people who helped build the whaling industry lived. Visitors will learn lots of interesting information about the industry, which was very important during its time. The tour guide was very knowledgeable...More

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Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

Went to a wedding there quite a few years ago and thought it was a very nice place. The grounds are maticulet. Or at least they were way back when. Very historical building.

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Reviewed December 26, 2016

What a wonderful house museum! I'm sure the gardens are worth seeing during the growing season. Lovingly restored and beautifully furnished, it gave me a great idea of upper-class living along the shore of Vineyard Sound in the 19th century.

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Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed talking with tour guide about the history of this home and ability to tour on our own..even entering the bedrooms instead of peering over a rope or into glass. Gardens were lovely but wish we could gave seen them in the summer.

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