“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.”

A town of immigrants - Puritans founded Ipswich during the “Great Migration” of the early 17th Century. Many residents of the town descend from immigrants who arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to work in the mills.
The trolley comes to Ipswich, June 26, 1896 - The era of the trolley was brief. On June 26, 1896, the first trolley from Beverly arrived in town, greeted by a large crowd at Market Square. The following year, the Georgetown, Rowley and Ipswich Street Railway opened, By 1919 the streets were beginning to fill with Mr. Ford's Model T, and people were no longer willing to wait for a ride.

Historic Ipswich

Featured posts - Featured articles and stories at the Ipswich Historical Commission site
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.