“A priceless reservoir of early American history”

Ipswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1634, and is America’s best-preserved Puritan town. The 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.”

Featured pages and posts - Featured articles and stories at the Ipswich Historical Commission site
Architectural Preservation District - The  2014 Fall Town Meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 established an Architectural Preservation District (APD) for the most historic areas of the town. Architectural Preservation District Bylaw Architectural Preservation District Map The bylaw was adopted at Town Meeting under the Home Rule Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution and will be administered by an Architectural Preservation District … Continue reading Architectural Preservation District
Ipswich woodcut,1838 attributed to S. E. Brown. Ipswich Historical Commission - The Ipswich Historical Commission  acts to preserve, protect, and develop the historical and archaeological assets of the Town. The Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Town Manager with the approval of the Selectmen for staggered three-year terms.  Powers and responsibilities are prescribed in the town Administrative Manual and in accordance with Section 8D of Chapter 40 … Continue reading Ipswich Historical Commission
Ipswich burying grounds - Descriptions and interment listings for 10 Ipswich cemeteries Old North Burying Ground Index by map location Alphabetical index of graves Section maps Memento Mori: 1935 alphabetical index with inscriptions Read at the Essex Antiquarian Last names A-K, Last names K-Y. Findagrave site Complete guide to the Old North Burying Ground (PDF/Print) Download Bruce Laing’s database … Continue reading Ipswich burying grounds
Trolley at Joppa Flats Stories and legends from Ipswich and the North Shore - Massachusetts’s North Shore is filled with remarkable stories and legends. In addition to Ipswich, many of the stories on this site are about other Massachusetts North Shore communities. View by town:  Amesbury Andover Beverly Boston Danvers Essex Gloucester Hamilton Ipswich Lawrence Lowell Marblehead Newbury Newburyport Peabody Plum Island Rockport Rowley Salem Topsfield Wenham Amesbury Andover Beverly … Continue reading Stories and legends from Ipswich and the North Shore
Summer Street by Arthur Wesley Dow Walking tour of historic Ipswich - Location: The tour starts across the river from the Ipswich Visitors Center at the Ipswich Riverwalk Mural behind the EBSCO buildings and Zumi’s. View at Google Maps.
Ipswich Cornet band, Ipswich MA historic photos 1889 Photos from Ipswich - Many of these photos were digitally developed from original glass negatives taken by three early Ipswich photographers, Arthur Wesley Dow, George Dexter, and Edward L. Darling.
Ipswich Massachusetts: Birthplace of American Independence - The legendary and heroic opposition by the people and leaders of Ipswich to a tax imposed by the Crown in 1687 is commemorated in the seal of the town of Ipswich, which bears the motto, “The Birthplace of American Independence 1687.” This act of resistance has been called ‘the foundation of American Democracy,’ and was the beginning of a … … Continue reading