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The Fairbanks House
511 East Street, Dedham, MA 02026
The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts is an historic house built between 1637 and 1641 making it the oldest surviving timber-frame house in North America that has been verified by dendrochronology testing. Puritan settler Jonathan Fairebanke constructed the farm house for his wife Grace (Lee Smith) and their family. The house was occupied and then passed down through eight generations of the family until the early 20th century. Over several centuries the original portion was expanded as architectural styles changed and the family grew.
The house and museum are open from May through October. The house is reputed to be haunted and hosts ghost tours in the fall.
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