Fairbanks House Historical Site in Dedham, MA

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  • 511 East Street
    Dedham, MA 02026
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Our Mission Statement

The Fairbanks House Museum is the oldest timber frame home still standing in North America and a prime example of early colonial architecture. The museum seeks to preserve, conserve, research, and interpret the Fairbanks family homestead, its collections, and the stories of all the generations that lived and worked there. We hope to engage and educate the Fairbanks family, the community, and the public at large about the house, its tenants, and their important place in both local and national history.


The Fairbanks House History

Seen here are two of the three sisters who owned the Fairbanks House from 1843 to 1879. The eldest sister, Prudence, died first, at age 89 in 1871. These are probably the two younger sisters, Sally (1790 - 1877) and Nancy (1794 - 1879). For this photograph the sisters posed outside the Fairbanks House with some of their prized family heirlooms, along with their cat.

A photo of the carved Pine and Oak Desk.

The Fairbanks Chest was carved circa 1652-1665 by woodworker John Houghton of Dedham. The chest remained in the Fairbanks House from the time it was made, up until the late 19th century. Sold by the house's last resident Rebecca Fairbanks, it returned home to the Fairbanks House in 2003. (See the article to the right.)

Browse the Pages of Our History!

Who Were the Builders of the Fairbanks House?


Thoughts on the Homecoming of Our Carved Pine and Oak Chest


BRAGGING RIGHTS: Test Adds New Wrinkle to Old Rivalry


Melancholy Catastrophe: The Jason Fairbanks/Elizabeth Fales murder case of 1801


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Fairbank cousins at an early 1900s reunion. Cousins are dressed in pilgrim period costumes, with an early American flag and the Fairbanks crest on a banner hanging behind them.

A longstanding tradition at Fairbanks Family reunions has been for cousins to dress in Puritan costume in honor of their immigrant ancestors. Included in this 1910s reunion photo are first Fairbanks House Curator Henry Irving Fairbanks (standing fourth from left) and his wife, Ida (standing far left).