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Fairbanks House, Dedham, Massachusetts

Updated on August 24, 2017

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.

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

Floor Plan of Fairbanks House
Floor Plan of Fairbanks House

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.

Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Norfolk County, Massachusetts

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.

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First floor parlor in 18th century additionWest addition about 1790Front view of 1640 portionKitchen of the Fairbanks HouseSecond floor workroom in original portion of the home
First floor parlor in 18th century addition
First floor parlor in 18th century addition
West addition about 1790
West addition about 1790
Front view of 1640 portion
Front view of 1640 portion
Kitchen of the Fairbanks House
Kitchen of the Fairbanks House
Second floor workroom in original portion of the home
Second floor workroom in original portion of the home

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I feel like I'm there when I read your lenses. Very Nice!

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      This would be a wonderful place to visit. Do the floors make that great squeaking sound i love so much?

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @DeborahDian: Hope you can. And create a new lens about it, of course! ;-)

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have a daughter who lives about ten minutes from Walden Pond, where Thoreau lived for a time. I'll have to check out the Fairbanks House the next time we visit her.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Rangoon House: You must visit. Happy that I could bring it to your attention! ;-)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      This would be Christmas on a stick for me! I love Massachusetts, love old architecture, particularly love old timber homes. Heaven.