“A priceless reservoir of early American history”


Ipswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1634, and is America’s best-preserved Puritan town. Opposition by the people and leaders of Ipswich to a tax imposed in 1687 is commemorated in the seal of the town of Ipswich, with the motto, “The Birthplace of American Independence 1687.” View a visual index of this site below.

Recent news

Kozeneski farm house, 173 Linebrook Rd. (c 1900) - On April 24, 2018, a demolition request was filed for the Kozeneski farmhouse at 173 Linebrook Road, a late 19th or early 20th Century, single-family farm house in its original pastoral setting.
61 Turnpike Road, the John Foster house (1780) - The Ipswich Historical Commission on March 15 placed a one-year delay on a demolition permit requested for the John Foster house.

This month in history

Great Ispwich Fright, John Greenleaf Whittier The Great Ipswich Fright, April 21, 1775 - Capt. Jonathan Burnham with the Hampton company arrived in Ipswich on the morning of April 21, 1775 after an all night march, and found the town panic-struck. The town was nearly defenseless, as more than three hundred of its men had marched off with their Ipswich captains to fight the British regulars at Concord and Lexington. A rumor had spread … Continue reading The Great Ipswich Fright, April 21, 1775

Featured series

Sullivan's Corner, Ipswich MA Sullivan’s Corner: The Last Years of the Farm - For eight decades the Sullivan farm in Ipswich, MA practiced a pre-modern way of life. The two sisters who took over their father’s family farm in 1916 were also teachers and principals in the Ipswich schools.

Historic Ipswich

Featured posts - Featured articles and stories at the Ipswich Historical Commission site
Town Historian’s Stories from Ipswich - Legends and stories from Ipswich and surrounding communities. View all archived stories, pages and posts
Ipswich history - Ipswich, Massachusetts was settled in 1633 in an area the Native Americans called "Agawam," and is one of America's best-preserved Puritan towns.
Old North Burying Ground - The Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich, Massachusetts was established in 1634 and is one of the oldest cemeteries in North America.
Early settlers of Ipswich - The Puritan settlers of Ipswich arrived during the “Great Migration."
First Period and other Colonial-era houses of Ipswich - There are more remaining first Period houses ( 1625 through 1725) in Ipswich MA than any other town in the country.