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Address: 511 East Street, Dedham, MA 02026-3060
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+1 781-326-1170
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Built by Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks in 1637, the Fairbanks House is the...

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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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.

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Dedham, Massachusetts
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Dedham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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
Dedham, Massachusetts
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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 possible. We were living in Dedham, and we passed the Fairbanks House many times on... More 

Thank fancyfitz
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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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
Dedham, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
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
Jodhpur, India
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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 settings and serene.

Thank Vilaas
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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
North Billerica, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Loved it. The tour guide was very informative and courteous. If you have an interest in history I highly recommend this tour.

Thank Evan L
Hull, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 16 April 2015

I love seeing places with lots of history. It's great that Dedham kept the Fairbanks House for all to enjoy.

Thank Joyce M
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 26 February 2015

No question about it, if you love all things Colonial period..this is a must see. I am a Fairbanks and proud that my ancestors constructed a home that has withstood the test of time.

Thank worcesterlove
Lincolnville, Maine
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Reviewed 10 February 2015

This is a must see for any historic home lovers. The docent was excellent and took time to explain the evolution of the house. They even have a wooden model in sections showing how the additions were added over the years. True, authentic furnishings and period pieces from former owners help you feel the history. If you are over 6... More 

Thank F Thomas C

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