The Fairbanks House in Dedham: The House, The Myths, The Legends
Many myths and legends have been created about our national landmarks and the outstanding figures in American history. The Fairbanks House of Dedham (1637) is no exception.
Throughout its time as the residence for eight generations of the Fairbanks family and subsequently as a private museum, much of its history has been passed down through oral tradition—and precious little was committed to writing. Consequently, the House has been the subject of myths and legends and even tales of ghosts and spirits.
Sorting out fact from fiction is only part of the challenge we face today as a result. Thanks to the power of social media and alternative reality, the challenge has grown exponentially. The financial lure to leverage these alternatives is greater than ever—there’s a lot of money in ghost tours!
We’ll explore these myths, legends, and apparitions to see how we’re dealing with public history today.