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8 Of The Oldest Things We Found In New England

History rules! We were amazed at how many of "the oldest ____" we hit during our MINI NOT NORMAL Road Trip. Here's a round up of some of our favorites.

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1. The Flying Horse Carousel

This beautiful antique carousel was built in New York in 1876, and is now the oldest operating carousel in the country. It was originally built for and used by a traveling carnival. In 1879, the carnival's last stop was in Watch Hill, RI, where the attraction remains today.

4. The Fairbanks House

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA, is thought to be the oldest standing timber frame building in North America. Built circa 1636 for Jonathan and Grace Fairebanke and their six children, it was home to eight generations of the Fairbanks family.

6. Haven Brothers Dinner

Haven Brothers Diner in Providence, RI, is one of the oldest restaurants on wheels in America. It was founded in 1888 as a horse-drawn lunch wagon, and has been serving delicious burgers and sandwiches ever since.

Elis Stenman, a Swedish immigrant and mechanical engineer, built the house (and all of its furniture inside) as a hobby. Elis and his wife, Esther, lived in Cambridge, and the couple purchased the land were the Paper House stands today to use as a summer retreat.

Approximately 100,000 copies of newspapers were used in the construction of the house and furniture. The house's walls are a half an inch thick and made of 215 sheets of paper. Elis read three newspapers a day, he also received several donations from neighbors and friends.

All photos by Joseph Lin / BuzzFeed


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