There’s No House In The World Like This One Near Boston

Historic homes abound in New England, but the Fairbanks House in Dedham still manages to stand out. For one thing, this is the oldest wood-framed house in the whole of North America, dating back to 1637; for another, it is frozen in time. The building has never had running water, heating or electricity, so touring this home takes you on a journey back through the centuries… and makes you appreciate the luxuries of modern living!

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Admission currently costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students and for children over six years of age. Those under six – and any military or first responders – enter free of charge. In September and October, the Fairbanks House offers ghost tours (reservations necessary) – keep an eye out for the house’s ghostly dog!

The Fairbanks House is located at 511 East Street, Dedham. Plan your visit here.

Have you visited the oldest wood-framed house in North America? Do you plan to go?

If unique homes appeal to you, you should also check out The Paper House in Rockport. This building is notable because it’s entirely made out of paper… yes, really!