America’s “best-preserved Puritan town”

Woodcut of historic Ipswich Town Hill
Woodcut of historic Ipswich Town Hill


Ipswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1634 in an area the Native Americans called “Agawam,” and is America’s best-preserved Puritan town. The historic neighborhoods of Meeting House Green, High Street, the East End, and the South Green are well-preserved streetscapes of 17th to 19th-century residences. Opposition by the people 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.”

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Summer Concert at Crane Castle in Ipswich Attractions - With the North Shore's best beach, dozens of outdoor attractions and the best-preserved Puritan town in America, there's so much to do in Ipswich, MA!… Continue reading Attractions
Settlers and early inhabitants of Ipswich - The Puritan settlers of Ipswich arrived during the “Great Migration."Sources include "Early Inhabitants of Ipswich" by Abraham Hammatt, "Vital Records to 1850," and "Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony" by Thomas Franklin Waters.… Continue reading Settlers and early inhabitants of Ipswich
Ipswich Riverwalk mural mill strike 1913 Stories from Ipswich - Legends and stories from Ipswich and other North Shore communities… Continue reading Stories from Ipswich
Old North Burying Ground, Ipswich MA Old North Burying Ground - Established in 1634, the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cemeteries in North America. … Continue reading Old North Burying Ground
The Whipple House on the South Green in Ipswich MA First Period, Georgian and Federal-era houses of Ipswich - There are more remaining first Period houses (1625 through 1725) in Ipswich MA than any other town in the country.… Continue reading First Period, Georgian and Federal-era houses of Ipswich

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An introduction to First Period architecture in Ipswich

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