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The Fairbanks House

511 East St, Dedham, MA 02026-3060
+1 781-326-1170
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Another "Hidden gem" in suburban Boston

The oldest original wood frame house standing in North America. The first part built in 1630... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Richard F
Roseville, Minnesota
Incredible experience in the oldest house in North America

Architects, history buffs ,interior designers and practical Yankees take note. You will love this... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
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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. IMPORTANT: MUSEUM IS OPEN MAY 3rd THROUGH OCTOBER 29th.
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511 East St, Dedham, MA 02026-3060
+1 781-326-1170
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Reviewed 18 September 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!

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 22 July 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

Thank caperelli
Reviewed 5 June 2017

If you are from area easy to take for granted, but local group has done great job making worth a visit and especially if from area and you have family/friends unfamiliar with area and history.

Thank CoachK2525
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This is not a destination in and of itself. We made it part of a lunch and walk-in-the-park outing. Nonetheless, it is a one-hour very interesting experience. Know that tours are offered on the hour. Knowlegeable guide. Made us appreciate our modern-day soft existence. Photos...More

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Don't have to go very far for a piece of New England history. Very interesting tour, bringing you back to colonial times. A must for all ages.

Thank Pamlau
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My husband and I went with a friend to Fairbanks House last summer. What an wonderful find! We are native Californians who recently relocated to the Boston area, so we have been all over New England, experiencing the history of our country as much as...More

Thank fancyfitz
Reviewed 22 July 2016

The Fairbanks House, owned by the same family since it was built in the 1630s gives visitors an authentic view of life in colonial times. The curator's tour tells the family's stories. Be sure to duck your head in doorways!

Thank 31mbel
Reviewed 28 June 2016

People that work there are extremely knowledgable and very energetic. They kept all the third graders extremely engaged and interested in the tour.

Thank castron480
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Those interested in Colonial history and visiting Dedham, must see this timber frame house.Those also interested in traditional furniture, could be a subject of interest to them. It does not take much time and is quick tour. Photos can be taken from all angles.Very peaceful...More

Thank Vilaas
Reviewed 12 November 2015

Piece of American History right at your back door. Oldest woodframed house in the U.S.A. 1636. Realted to Fairbanks ,AK. Nice little tour, only 35 minutes.

Thank mcstephen66
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