Friday, September 14, 2012

Show Notes - The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts
Following are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 13 September 2012 interview with Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House (the oldest timber-frame house in America).

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can learn more about the Fairbanks House at their website and Facebook page.

Next year's Fairbanks Family Reunion will be held August 10, 2013.

The dendrochronology tests performed on core samples from beams in the Fairbanks House were conducted by the Oxford Dendrochronology Labratory in Oxford, England. Their website provides information about dendrochronology tests at the Fairbanks House and many other historic New England homes.

Travis Parno is the archeologist who conducted the archeological digs at the Fairbanks House in 2009 and 2010.

The Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America, 1633-1897 by Lorenzo Sayle Fairbanks is available online in digital format.

The best published source for information about the Fairbanks House is The Fairbanks House: A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England by Abbott Lowell Cummings.  Two copies of the book that were given away as door prizes were generously donated by its publisher, the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
curator Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House offers tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 1:00-4:00pm, May through October each year.

Special 90-minute tours are being given by the curator, Meaghan Siekman. Contact the Fairbanks House for information on dates and times or call 781-326-1170. 




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