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Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum

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Important part of New Bedford history

A "need to see." This very historic house is large and beautifully appointed. Self-guided with... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
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 June 24, 2018
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396 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740-4934
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

A "need to see." This very historic house is large and beautifully appointed. Self-guided with information all around. A way to learn about some of the main families of NB. Very professionally presented.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

If you have AAA you'll save a dollar on the admission which makes it $5 each. It's a self-guided tour through a Greek Revival mansion with lots of rooms in a lot of historical items. This is not a place for kids. If you really...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank TheBigSuitcase
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank sweetmama17
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

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Jim J
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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Martin L
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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Jim H
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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Tad C
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

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank JCOA2010
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.

Date of experience: February 2017
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