“A Reservoir of Early American History”

Ipswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1634 in an area the Native Americans called “Agawam.” The historic neighborhoods of Meeting House Green, High Street, the East End, and the South Green offer well-preserved streetscapes of 17th to 19th-century residences. Over 50% of land in Ipswich is protected by the StateTrustees of Reservations, Greenbelt, and the town’s Open Space program.

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Stories from Ipswich

18th Century Ipswich MA meeting house The Tithingman at the Ipswich Meeting House - On Dec. 26, 1700, a resolve was made that the disorder that had disturbed the public worship for some years owing to the wanton and perverse behavior of the boys and young men should be effectually quelled.
The Ipswich Dunes, photo by Sharon Scarlata Photos of the dunes late on a winter afternoon - Photos by Sharon Scarlata  
Millend Ipswich by Martin Van Buren Perley “Mill End” Ipswich - "Millend" was located about the Saltonstall Mill. The ground has become historic. There planted the first Samuel Appleton, John Whipple, and Richard Saltonstall; there the river was first dammed for grist and saw mills."
The intersection of Market Square and Market Street in Ipswich Market Street - Photos of Market St. from the present day back to the early days of photography. Use the sliders to compare juxtaposed photos of then and now.
Grape Island Hotel, circa 1900, Ipswich MA 300 years on Grape Island - Grape Island was once a small but thriving community, and briefly a popular summer resort. In 1941, 3000 acres of Plum Island including Grape Island were purchased by the U.S. government to establish the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
Trails in the dunes at Castle Neck in Ipswich A walk in the Dunes - Crane Beach and all of Castle Neck are protected by the Trustees of Reservations. Pitch pine and scrub oak rise from the masses of marsh grass, sage green hudsonia and dune lichen lining the trails that wind through the dunes.
Projected sea level rise in Ipswich MA How will sea level rise affect Ipswich? - Sea levels rose about 8 inches globally and about 1 foot on the Eastern Seaboard in the past century. What will happen to Ipswich if  catastrophic predictions for the 21st Century are realized?
The Blizzard of 2015, Argilla Road in Ipswich Photos from the Great Snow of 2015 - Images from the blizzard, January 27, 2015 and the series of snowstorms that followed. Many photos are from the I Love Ipswich Facebook group. Featured image: the road into Crane Beach, by Diane Young.
Old North Burying Ground - Eestablished in 1634, the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cemeteries in North America.
First Period construction - 17th Century construction methods in New England were derived from English post-medieval carpentry traditions. Eastern Massachusetts contains the greatest concentration of First Period structures in the nation.
Appleton Farms - Owned by the Trustees of Reservations, Appleton Farms is America’s oldest working farm, with 12 miles of walking trails, a visitor center, and Community Supported Agriculture program.