Fairbanks House, Dedham, Massachusetts
This is the oldest surviving timber-frame house in North America
My GeneaBlogger friend, House Historian Marian Pierre-Louis, inspired this lens with her Facebook note earlier today (October 28, 2012):
"I took my boys and my nieces to the Fairbanks House today. I decided that I would get firm and not make this optional for my boys. This is an important piece of American history and big part of what their Mom does. I need to get tougher more often. They all had a good time (even the 13 year old). And Meaghan the curator gave us an awesome private tour (even I learned lots!). Now they can all say they have been to the oldest timber frame house in America!" [Quote used with permission]
When I looked up the Fairbanks House I became fascinated. I'm currently reading a biography of Roger Williams, in Massachusetts, in the same time period (1636-1641) as the original part of this home was built. Amazing!
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairbanks_House_%28De...
Links to works of my friend, Marian Pierre-Louis
I encourage you to check each of these to see if they may be writings that you want to follow.
- Marian's Roots and Rambles
This is her genealogy-related blog I read regularly.
- The New England House Historian
This is her professional House Historian website.
- The Symbolic Past
Her blog related to historic gravestones.
- A blog post interview with the curator of Fairbanks House
This post has other useful links in it, as well! ;-) Check it out! ;-)
- Blog Talk Radio link
More on the Fairbanks House from the curator.
Have you visited the Fairbanks House? - Tell us about your visit in the comments! ;-)
Have you visited the Fairbanks House?
The Fairbanks House was built in several sections over a number of years - The Fairbanks House is now owned by the Fairbanks Family in America
The gabled portion of the present house is the original oldest portion of the home.
It was built for and by an immigrant Puritan family from Yorkshire, England, Johathan and Grace Fairbanke and their six children.
Websites for the Fairbanks House
Dedham is the county seat of Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Norfolk County is known as the birthplace of 4 USA Presidents
"County of Presidents" is birthplace of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, and George H.W. Bush. It is the 28th highest income county in the USA.