What is old?

Terms of age are oftentimes relative.

I have an old house. It was built about a century ago. Pretty old, huh?

Not really. Not when it’s compared to the Fairbanks House (built circa 1637-1641)house_low_res.jpg, which has the highly honorable distinction of being the oldest standing timber frame building in North America.

It’s really quite remarkable that the house is still standing when you
think of all the things that can and do happen to obliterate a house.
It’s a shame when old homes are neglected, as mine was as you can see in the picture.

Here’s an opportunity to learn about the Fairbanks House:

“The Fairbanks House:

New Discoveries at America’s Oldest Timber Frame House”

Lecture, March 12

Dr. Alex Service, Director and Curator of the Fairbanks House, America’s
Oldest Timber Frame House, will be the guest speaker on Thursday, March
12, 7:30 PM, at the Dedham Historical Society.  Service will share the
results of recent studies of the “old Fairbanks homestead,” including
the 2002 work that reinforced the Fairbanks House’s claim to be the
oldest standing timber frame building in North America. The cost of the
lecture is $5 per person, free to members.

The circa 1637-1641 house in Dedham
was home to Puritan immigrants and eight generations of their
descendants, until the house opened as a museum in 1904.  It has long
been celebrated as the best-preserved example of early English colonial
architecture in New England, and it continues to reveal new insights to
this day.

Dr. Service has been Director/Curator of the Fairbanks House
since April 2006. Her previous positions have been with Haley Sharpe
Design,  Limited,
Williamsburg, Virginia as Research Development Coordinator, Historic
Jamestowne Project, the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center,
Thermopolis, Wyoming as Director, the Fort Caspar Museum, Casper,
Wyoming, and many others in related fields.

She holds a Ph.D.
from the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, England,
1998; an  M.A. from the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of
York, England, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the
University of California at Los Angeles.

She has authored numerous publications.

— Posted by Karen

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