Programs & Events



Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, October 22 to 24, 5pm – 8pm
The Great Pumpkin Parade

Visit the grounds of the RJD to see a display of Jack-O-Lanterns, carved with care by community members. Inside the mansion, children can participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Refreshments served. Suggested donation: $5 per person / $10 family.Thank you to our pumpkin donors: Silverbrook Farm and Keith’s Farm. Free.



Sunday, November 10, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff.  Free with the price of admission.

Thursday, November 14, 5:30pm
AHA Night at the RJD: Talk on New England Glass
Kirk J. Nelson, Executive Director, The New Bedford Museum of Glass
New Bedford was celebrated as the “art glass capitol of the country” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its famous Mt. Washington and Pairpoint glass factories employed more than 1,200 workers during this period. This lecture will survey their innovative and beautiful products using examples from the extensive collection of the New Bedford Museum of Glass. The museum’s recent move to County Street keeps this important collection in the city. Free.

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30pm
Reading the Clues: Recognizing the History of Your Old House
Sally Zimmerman, Architectural Historian
If you are a new owner of an old house, you may be wondering about how it’s changed over time and how you might go about bringing back some of its better attributes. Learn to read the clues about how old houses are frequently modified and how to uncover the history of your old house to reveal its best features. Understand how old houses evolve and why preserving them matters This illustrated lecture is followed by a question and answer session; bring your old house project questions!

Purchase Tickets: $10 Members / $15 Public / $5 Students with I.D.

Sally Zimmerman, whose background is in architectural history and preservation planning, joined Historic New England’s Historic Preservation Team in 2006, after many years on the staff of the Cambridge MA Historical Commission. In addition to her work managing Historic New England’s Homeowner Services program, which supports homeowners with best practices preservation advice, Ms. Zimmerman is a co-author of Painting Historic Exteriors: Colors, Application, and Regulation, and the developer of “20th Century Colors of America” paint palette, a documented range of colors of the recent past produced by California Paints. She previously worked as a Preservation Planner at the Cambridge Historical Commission and before that served as Director of Preservation Planning for the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Ms. Zimmerman is also a frequent lecturer on energy efficiency in historic and older houses.


Sundays, December 1 & 8, 4pm
Mondays, December 2 and 9, 2pm 
Afternoon Tea in the Parlors

Enjoy tea and scones in the festively decorated double parlors of the mansion.  Your ticket fee includes admission to the museum. Festive dress is encouraged. Purchase Tickets: $25 Members / $30 Public     Advance reservations required.

December 6, 4pm – 6pm
Fruitcake Friday

Before you rush home, stop by the museum for a look at the festive decorations, a browse through the museum shop, a sip of cider and a bite of everyone’s favorite holiday food.  Free with admission.

Sunday, December 15, 4pm
Children’s Tea
Bring your favorite doll or plushy animal friend for tea in the decorated parlors of the mansion. Dress-up is encouraged, but not at all required. Fee includes tea and desserts. Recommended for ages 5 and up, with adult companion. Purchase Tickets: $25 Member adult / $30 Public adult /$10 per child.

Card to Culture is a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance. The RJD is happy to honor FREE admission for four to all guests who present a valid EBT card.See full details at

Education Programs are funded by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation.


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