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Liked it, but it is fairly low key

It was fun to be in something so old and it was good to see the various artifacts. Somehow though... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
Pleasant little gem

Hubby and I had just visited the grave of Lizzie Borden's dogs at the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery a few... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2018
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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...more
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511 East St, Dedham, MA 02026-3060
+1 781-326-1170
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Reviewed November 2, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ElectricalEngineer
Reviewed September 6, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 10, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Louise O
Reviewed August 2, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Richard L
Reviewed June 30, 2018

We are staying at the Parker house and this was recomended to us as one of the oldest structures remaning in this area as well as being the oldest timber frame structure in America. I communicated witht Dan the curator to make sure a tour...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Robert G
Fair1637, Manager at The Fairbanks House, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed May 23, 2018

We took the tour to learn more about our ancestry. The Curator, Dan, was exceptionally knowledgeable about the Fairbanks Family, their properties, the colonial history and beyond. He made the tour interesting and very enjoyable. We highly recommend the tour to anyone who has an...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank JimB36
Reviewed April 20, 2018

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.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Make an appointment for a personalized guided tour of this well kept up wooden house - the oldest in the USA. The docent guide is knowledgeable about the history of this building and will happily answer you questions.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank healthconscious
Reviewed September 18, 2017

The oldest original wood frame house standing in North America. The first part built in 1630 something, the docent guide was full of information about the house and family. An hour tour. Worth doing!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Richard F
Reviewed July 22, 2017

Architects, history buffs ,interior designers and practical Yankees take note. You will love this house. We had the pleasure of a tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide and though I have toured many historic sites still learned new things. But the house itself is the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank caperelli
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