You have 2 trips in progress. See all
Trip Planner: USA / Massachusetts / Fall River / Lafayette Durfee House
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.Put Lafayette Durfee House on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Fall River trip planning site.
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.
Lafayette Durfee House reviews
We had a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who gave us a great tour and a history lesson. Great clothing display as well.
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
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 »
Pre Revolutionary War house right here in Fall River! Great history lesson on the little known Battle of Fall River.
Great place to bring kids! Adults will love this house if they are passionate about history and architecture in the city of Fall River.
Plan your trip to Fall River
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.Know more
Popular things to do in Fall River
Side trips from Fall River
Hidden gems in Fall River
Nearby attractions in Fall River
Museums in Fall River
Historic Sites in Fall River
Trips in Lafayette Durfee House by other users
7 days in Portsmouth BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Green Animals Topiary Garden Newport Car Museum Portsmouth Historical Society 12 days in Rochester & Swansea BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Rochester Swansea 2 days in Fall River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Seamen's Bethel New Bedford Whaling Museum Portugalia Marketplace 5 days in Taunton BY A USER FROM UKRAINE Hopewell Park Massasoit State Park Portugalia Marketplace 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM New York City Enfield Providence 4 days in Rochester BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Gay Head Lighthouse East Over Reservation The New Bedford Museum of Glass