Cedar Grove was originally located in northeast Philadelphia, beginning with a simple plan completed in 1750, with additions over the years. Five generations of the Morris family lived in the farmhouse from 1793 to 1926 when the building was acquired … Continue reading →
Fairmount Park Historic Houses
The Fairmount Park System is made up of 62 different areas throughout the City of Brotherly Love. The largest concentration of parkland is located on both sides of the Schuylkill River – from the Philadelphia Art Museum in the south, … Continue reading →
This is perhaps the earliest and most important house of the 17th century standing in Massachusetts. It has suffered from practically no detrimental alterations except the removal of the original casement windows many of which, however, are preserved in the house. It retains many fine open timber ceilings, very rare moulded sheathing and weatherboarded wainscot.
No other house in America has remained in such unspoiled condition, keeping all of it's historic details in original condition. There is a certain charm to the sloped floors of the house, though it looks difficult to walk around on the second floor. The roof line and even the walls are bowed from extreme age.
It would be interesting to find out what preservation they have done to keep the house in good shape for 370 years. Visit the Fairbanks House Historical Site in Dedham, MA from May - October, closed every week on Sunday and Monday.
The complete drawings of the building show the original wrought-iron door hardware with detailed hinges and very simple door latches. source