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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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Beautifully preserved house

Lovely house worth seeing when visiting historic New Bedford. It's part of the fascinating whaling... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2015
Jefferson Valley, New York
Amazing Visit for the History Buff

A beautiful house on a beautiful piece of land! Everything is well manicured and preserved so that... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2015
Julie M
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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396 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740-4934
+1 508-997-1401
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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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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...More

Thank Julie M
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...More

Thank JMcKee999
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...More

Thank Peter D
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.

1  Thank yankeeaw
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.

1  Thank Darkdivine
Reviewed November 25, 2013

When the Rotch-Jones-Duff House was built in the 1830s, it was far and away the finest of its type in the old whaling City of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The old house is of the Doric order. And it's a Greek Revival masterpiece. Though I am...More

Thank Tosatel
Reviewed August 30, 2013

New Bedford’s Rotch-Jones-Duff House will appeal to those with an interest in New England history, classic architecture, or gardening. For nearly 150 years, this gracious home was owned by a succession of three families who were leaders in the whaling industry. Pick up a visitor’s...More

1  Thank Nancy C
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Here is an opportunity to see a slice of life when whaling was the major industry in New Bedford. This very well preserved home is authentically furnished with items from the eras of the three families who lived there. Don't miss the beautiful gardens there...More

2  Thank ladyweston
Reviewed June 5, 2013

This a beautiful historic home which spans a city block. The home was owned by Rotch who made his money in the whaling trade and then was owned by Jones and finally Duff before becoming a museum. The gardens were all in bloom with roses...More

2  Thank scronk73
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