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Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum

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Address: 396 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740-4934
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+1 508-997-1401

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What a wonderful house museum! I'm sure the gardens are worth seeing during the growing season. Lovingly restored and beautifully furnished, it gave me a great idea of upper-class... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 December 2016
Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

What a wonderful house museum! I'm sure the gardens are worth seeing during the growing season. Lovingly restored and beautifully furnished, it gave me a great idea of upper-class living along the shore of Vineyard Sound in the 19th century.

Thank DancerWriter
Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed talking with tour guide about the history of this home and ability to tour on our own..even entering the bedrooms instead of peering over a rope or into glass. Gardens were lovely but wish we could gave seen them in the summer.

Thank capecodtravellers
Belleville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We were amazed at how well preserved the building, its interior and furnishings, and the gardens were maintained. In particular, the partnerships used to establish and maintain the gardens were evident everywhere.

Thank zubill
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Having three successive families makes for interesting history and decor: everything from Art Deco bathrooms to original 1830s shelving; a beautiful staircase to an exhibition on travel. This is a lovely house with large and beautiful gardens, well used for weddings. Well worth a visit.

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Warren, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Gardens are open to the public for a nominal fee. I think we paid a senior rate of $5 per person. Docents are pleasant and eager to please. Though tours are usually self-guided, staff led us through the first floor rooms because the house wasn't busy on the day of our visit. Built in 1834 for... More 

Thank redeco
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Although our tour was last minute, the tour guide was absolutely a delight, encouraging us to park on the side street and come on in. The donation is $5. per adult. We were given a personal tour, and informed to tour the home independently. The home and grounds are exquisite and information given is very good. We recommend this tour... More 

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Falmouth, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015

This house is a treasure - and it's huge! Owned by several families over the years - you will get great information from the tour guide about the families and the life they lead. Very elegant house -- gives you a taste of what it must have been like to live there a hundred years ago. Small gift shop.

Thank Diane H
Jefferson Valley, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Lovely house worth seeing when visiting historic New Bedford. It's part of the fascinating whaling and economic history of the town.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

A beautiful house on a beautiful piece of land! Everything is well manicured and preserved so that you experience is as close to possible to that of the former residents. The employees are kind and will go out of their way to help you (I volunteered here last year and know first-hand how amazing they all are). A great visit... More 

Thank Julie M
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

This house really builds on the shore side aspects of the New Bedford whaling industry. The house is amazing and sometimes docents are available. The staff is very helpful and accommodating. The garden is nice, but I think that the house is the real reason to visit. It's mostly self guided tours, but the info they give you sets you... More 

Thank JMcKee999

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