Can You Name the Oldest House in America?

A heavily debated subject, the oldest house in the United States is the Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts. Built between 1637 and 1641, it’s the oldest surviving timber-frame home in North America. Puritan settler Jonathan Fairenbanke constructed the farm house for his wife Grace and their family. The original house was rather grand for the times and had a total of four rooms, two on the first floor and two on the second floor. The house was passed down through eight generations of the family until the early 20th century and is now a historic museum. Since the original purchase, the estate has never had a mortgage incumbrance on it. The home is open to visitors from May 1st through October 31st. For more on the Fairbanks House please visit

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