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The oldest Timber Frame House in North America.
The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA is the oldest known wood structure still standing in North America. Built circa 1637 for Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks and their six children, it was home to eight generations of the Fairbanks family over the course of 268 years. The Fairbanks House is now a historic house museum and on the National Register of Historic Places.
~ Like No Other Historic House ~
Abbott Lowell Cummings, former Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts at Yale University, said that the Fairbanks House… “is one of the most important historic houses now standing in the northeastern part of the United States. Its value to the area and to the nation as a whole lies not so much in its claim to being the oldest house in New England but in its architectural significance… It may be said quite simply that no other house of the mid-17th century in New England has survived in such unbelievable unspoiled condition. It is extraordinary that so early a structure should preserve such a high percentage of original features. It is a veritable storehouse of information concerning the small handful of houses which survive from this early period.”
~ What’s New ~
The Fairbanks Fall Festival and Septemberfest!
Sunday, September 30th, 12:00 – 5:00, FREE!
Come enjoy a fun-filled event for all ages! Meet 17th century pirates and a Revolutionary War doctor with all the tools of his trade! Dip candles and play colonial games, learn how maple syrup is made, watch spinning and weaving demonstrations, and buy hand-made historic crafts! Try various hard ciders and spirits from local producers, and enter the raffle featuring dozens of prizes to local businesses! The 1637 Fairbanks House (oldest wood structure in North America) will be open for FREE tours. Come spend a day in history!
The Fairbanks House Ghost Tour
The Ghost Tour sold out in record time in 2017.
We’ve added more dates for 2018 but they are booking up fast – Reservations are required.
Cost is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children (sorry no library passes)
Call 781-326-1170 for reservations and information.
Ghost tours will be every Friday and Saturday through the end of October.
The house and its otherworldly tenants were featured on NECN last year!
For more happenings at Fairbanks House check our calendar of events.
~ 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.
We welcome volunteers to help us with museum tours and special projects. Immerse yourself in Colonial America.
Membership in the Fairbanks Family in America is open to all – lineal descendants and friends of the Fairbanks House.