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Where do I park when visiting the Arnold House?

Parking is located in Gateway Park just west of the Arnold House.

Is the museum handicapped accessible?

A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking. Folding chairs can be provided for visitors who would like to use them during a tour. Arnold House is not equipped with handicapped accessible ramps, elevators, or chair lifts. Service animals are always welcome. We encourage visitors with concerns to call ahead. We are happy to work with you to make your visit an enjoyable one. 

What is the building behind the Arnold House?  Is it part of the Arnold House?

This building is called the Croade Tavern.  It was built in Pawtucket on Dexter Street in the late 1700s and was moved to its current location in 1931. This building is now a private residence.

When did Historic New England acquire the Arnold House?

Historic New England acquired the Arnold House as a gift from the Arnold family in 1918.

Who built the Arnold House?

In 1685 Eleazer Arnold (1651-1722) inherited 140 acres of land from his father, Thomas Arnold, and built what is now known as the Arnold House in 1693.

Are there other historic houses nearby?

The Arnold House is part of the Great Road Historic District in the heart of the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor. Just east of the Arnold House is the Saylesville Friends Meeting House (1703), the oldest continuously used Quaker Meeting House in New England. West of the Arnold House is the Moffett Mill (1812), Hearthside (1810), a magnificent Federal-style stone mansion with ten fireplaces, and the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop (1880) at Chase Farm Park (1890).

Why is the chimney covered in lime wash?

Recently the stone end was covered in lime wash, in a process known as galleting and sneck harling. It is believed the house looked this way in 1693. It also helps protect the stone wall and chimney from the weather and reduces moisture in the house.

Has the Arnold House been restored?

The Arnold House has been restored twice, first shortly after it was acquired by Historic New England and then a more extensive restoration took place in the 1950s.  The second renovation brought the house back to how it looked in 1693.

How do I become a member of Historic New England and get more involved?

Join Historic New England now and get involved in preserving and celebrating the region's heritage.  To join, call the Membership Office at 617-994-5910 or join online.           

Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?

All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.

Can I take photographs at the museum?

Interior and exterior photography for personal use is allowed at Historic New England properties. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and the protection of our collections and house museums, we ask that you be aware of your surroundings and stay with your guide. Video, camera bags, tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted. Professional/commercial photographers and members of the media should visit the press room for more information.