Viva Fall River

Lafayette Durfee House

Feb 6, 2024 | Attractions

The Lafayette Durfee House is a living time capsule, nestled in a residential neighborhood not far from Fall River’s downtown. The museum is named after Fall River Judge Thomas Durfee, the original owner of the house who frequently hosted his friend and infamous Revolutionary war figure, General Marquis de Lafayette, during his visits to New England.

The house has been dutifully preserved to showcase life in colonial New England and contains 18th century relics including hand stitched clothing, civilian muskets and military weapons, medical equipment, and household items. Each year, the House hosts a number of exciting and unconventional events, perfect for the history buff in your life. Events range from educational talks, to living history walkthroughs, to experiential workshops that teach you how to churn butter, make candles or weave fabric like they did in the 1700s. You can even grab tea with Martha Washington herself!

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $3. You can find more information about the house and view the full calendar of events at their website: For a glimpse back into time, check out the video below exploring the historic home!