House Tour Guides lead visitors and school groups through the Rotch-Jones-Duff historic house, interpreting the stories of the three families and staff that lived and worked there, relating New Bedford's past, and placing the site within larger contexts of maritime history, the abolition movement, Quakerism, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Guides must successfully complete an eight week training program, given free at the RJD, as well as mentor with a senior-level Guide before they begin giving tours. A substantial time commitment is expected in return for the investment made by RJD in Guide training. This position is suitable for anyone with interest in education, teaching, working with the public, and above all, a curiosity to learn themselves.
THE MISSION OF THE ROTCH-JONES-DUFF HOUSE & GARDEN MUSEUM IS: To Preserve one of the nation’s finest Greek Revival mansions and its historic grounds and gardens to the highest standard; To interest and educate the public through exhibits and interpretive historical and horticultural programs that document the history of New Bedford and important chapters in American history through the lives of the three families who lived in the house; and to acquire and care for appropriate artifacts, furnishings and period collections.
Since its founding in 1983, the role of the RJD has expanded from steward of an historic building to a proactive member of the cultural community, offering a variety of programs for a diverse audience. A partner in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the RJD joins the city's cultural and educational organizations in telling rich stories of the past to new generations.