Lafayette Durfee House, Fall River

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The Lafayette–Durfee House is a historic house located at 94 Cherry Street in Fall River, Massachusetts. The house was originally located at the site of the current Fall River Superior Courthouse on North Main Street, and owned by Judge Thomas Durfee. While the exact date of its construction is not known, it is estimated to have been built before 1750.

The large property which the house was originally situated on stretched from the shore the Taunton River all the way to North Watuppa Pond. However, Thomas Durfee mortgaged all of his land to help finance the American Revolution. His son Joseph, became a colonel and served with the Marquis de Lafayette at the Battle of White Plains, New York and also in Rhode Island; Joseph also commanded a company of men at the Battle of Fall River. The Durfees would host Lafayette at their home in the summer of 1778, as well on other occasions.

About 1872 the house was moved to its current location on Cherry Street. It was owned by members of the Lewin family until 1936.

In 1973, with the help of Caroline Durfee, a descendant of Thomas Durfee, a group was formed to preserve the house. During the United States Bicentennial year of 1976, a time capsule was placed in the base of one of the fireplaces.
The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, a non-profit group maintains the house and gives tours during the summer months.

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  • We had a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who gave us a great tour and a history lesson. Great clothing display as well.  more »
  • What a wonderful gem. This place is just outside of the busy Downton area of Fall River, just across route 79 from Battleship Cove (although there's no easy way to walk from one to the other) Guides.....  more »
  • Great place to learn about early American life! Everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable. I've been there many times.
  • Didn't get to stay long, missed the tour but was able to walk around alone , history seemed to shout at you

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