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52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Shatswell Planters Cottage (c 1646) - The Shatswell family is one of the earliest to arrive in Ipswich. A small building that was moved to the Collins-Lord property on Jeffreys Neck Road is believed to have been the original planters cottage of John Shatswell or his son Richard. It may have been built as early as 1646, in which case it would be … Continue reading 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Shatswell Planters Cottage (c 1646)
27 High Street, the Edward Brown House (1650) - The Edward Brown House at 27 High Street is recorded as having been built in 1650, making it one of the oldest houses in New England. The asymmetrical arrangement of the windows and the location of the chimney suggest that the first modest section of the house was on the left, and that it has been … Continue reading 27 High Street, the Edward Brown House (1650)
17 High Street, the Thomas Lord house (1658) - The Thomas Lord house at 17 High Street in Ipswich features original champfored summer beams, unpainted feather edge paneling in the front rooms and hall, an original saltbox frame, center chimney and five cooking fireplaces with bake ovens and large hearths. The saltbox roof slopes down to one story in the rear. The front entry features the original … Continue reading 17 High Street, the Thomas Lord house (1658)
26 High Street, the Philip Call house (1659) - The Phillip Call House at 26 High St. in Ipswich is a 2 story timber-frame First Period house built by cordwainer Philip Call about 1659, enlarged around 1725. It was probably at first a one over one “half house” with the front door on the right side. The evolution of this property to its current twelve … Continue reading 26 High Street, the Philip Call house (1659)
52 High Street, the Henry Kingsbury – Robert Lord house (1660) - This gorgeous large house dates to 1660. The front is asymmetrical, and  west end is the older original section. Chamfered timbers can still be observed in the stone foundation for one of its 10 chimneys. It was once used as a private school. Henry Kingsbury, the earliest known owner of this lot, is first mentioned in Ipswich Records … Continue reading 52 High Street, the Henry Kingsbury – Robert Lord house (1660)
33 High Street, the Waldo-Caldwell house (1660) - The Waldo-Caldwell House at 33 High St. is listed by the Ipswich Historical Commission as having been built in 1660. Unlike many First Period homes that began as half-houses, 6he present house was built in full as a two-over-two-room, central chimney plan house, with massive summer beams, a huge fireplace, and heavy chamfered frame, a very … Continue reading 33 High Street, the Waldo-Caldwell house (1660)
7 County Street, the Thomas Dennis House (1663) - The house at 7 County Street dates to two periods. Shoreborne Wilson, a cooper, built a house and a cooper’s shop on this site about 1660 (3:133). Thomas Dennis bought the property in 1663 (8:69) and added an adjoining parcel in 1671 (3:201). The rear ell of the present house dates from that period, with wide chamfers … Continue reading 7 County Street, the Thomas Dennis House (1663)
3 Hovey Street, the John Kendrick house (1665) - Built in 1665, the John Kendrick House at 3 Hovey St. in Ipswich was the winner of the 2002 Mary P. Conley award. (Also spelled Kenrick, Kendricks). The architect for the renovation was OLSON LEWIS + Architects. This house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission. Protected elements … Continue reading 3 Hovey Street, the John Kendrick house (1665)
43 Argilla Road, the Giddings – Burnham house (b 1667) - The earliest section of the Giddings-Burnham House at 43 Argilla Road in Ipswich was built in the mid-17th Century by carpenter George Giddings who immigrated from Norfolk, England. The earliest documentation for this property was the deed of sale between George Giddings and his brother-in-law Thomas Burnham in 1667. The original part of the house … Continue reading 43 Argilla Road, the Giddings – Burnham house (b 1667)
13 High Street, the Joseph Willcomb house (1669) - The Joseph Willcomb House was built by John Edwards, a tailor, in 1669. It has a massive oak frame, central chimney and clapboards typical of other First Period houses on High Street. The dining room boasts a cavernous firebox and beehive oven. There is a rear ell and a Beverly jog. Some walls display the original … Continue reading 13 High Street, the Joseph Willcomb house (1669)
103 High Street, the Merchant – Choate house (1670) - The Merchant – Choate House at 103 High Street is one of the original “Covenant” houses. The building dates to approximately 1670, but the right half may contain timbers from a previous structure on this site which was built in 1639. That simple story and a half cottage is believed to have been built by … Continue reading 103 High Street, the Merchant – Choate house (1670)
5-7 Poplar Street, the Dr. John Calef house (1671) - The core of the house at 5-7 Poplar Street is an example of a First Period house with Georgian modifications. It was built between 1671 and 1688 by Deacon Thomas Knowlton who purchased the land on which it originally stood on South Main. It was subsequently altered in the middle of the 18th century, acquiring … Continue reading 5-7 Poplar Street, the Dr. John Calef house (1671)
1 South Green, the Whipple House (1677) - The 1677 Whipple house is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Ipswich museum, and is one of the finest examples of “first period” American architecture (1625-1725). The oldest part of the house dates to 1677 when the military officer and entrepreneur Captain John Whipple constructed a townhouse near the center of Ipswich. Prior to the 20th Century, … Continue reading 1 South Green, the Whipple House (1677)
8 Water Street, the Harris-Sutton House (1677) - Thomas Franklin Waters wrote in “Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony” (1905) that Abner Harris bought the lot and probably built the house in 1743. The administrator of his estate conveyed it to Dr. John Manning in 1787, and Manning sold the house to Captain Ebenezer Sutton in 1816. This residence has been called the … Continue reading 8 Water Street, the Harris-Sutton House (1677)
51 Linebrook Road, the Hart House (1678) - Despite it’s name as the 1640 Hart house, the oldest parts of the building at 51 Linebrook Rd. were apparently constructed in 1678-80 by Samuel Hart, the son of Thomas Hart. An Irish tanner named Thomas Hart arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony on the ship Desire from Baddow, Essex County, England.  He was briefly indentured … Continue reading 51 Linebrook Road, the Hart House (1678)
82 High Street, the John Brewer house (1680) - The oldest parts of the John Brewer House at 82 High Street in Ipswich were built between 1680 and 1690 by John Brewer Jr. Thomas Franklin Waters wrote the following in Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1905, Ipswich Historical Society): “From the corner now occupied by Mr. Nathaniel Burnham’s grocery (note: site of the Dunkin Donuts) to … Continue reading 82 High Street, the John Brewer house (1680)
31 Fox Creek Road, Bennett’s Farm (1680) - The farmhouse at Bennett’s Farm on Fox Creek Road (aka Labor in Vain Farm House) was built in 1680 by Henry Bennett, who was born in England but was one of the early settlers of Ipswich. He bought land for the 200-acre farm in 1654 from Jonathan Wade and became known as “Farmer Bennett”. He farmed … Continue reading 31 Fox Creek Road, Bennett’s Farm (1680)
Howard House, Turkey Shore Ipswich Ma 41 Turkey Shore Road, the Howard – Arthur Wesley Dow House (1680) - The Emerson-Howard house on Turkey Shore Road across from the intersection with Green Street was built in 1680 by William Howard on land that he purchased from Thomas Emerson. (Read The Ipswich Emersons. A.D. 1636-1900 : a genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Emerson of Ipswich, Mass., with some account of his English ancestry (1900) by Benjamin Kendall … Continue reading 41 Turkey Shore Road, the Howard – Arthur Wesley Dow House (1680)
77 High Street, the John Kimball house (1680) - The John Kimball house at 77 High Street was built in 1680 and features timber frame construction and a “Beverly jog” added on the left side for a second entrance. A chamfered summer beam is in the left front room, with wide-board tongue and groove wall boards. The great keeping room to the left has … Continue reading 77 High Street, the John Kimball house (1680)
42 Heartbreak Road, the Thomas Low house (1684) - The first parts of this house at 42 Heartbreak Road were built before 1684 by Thomas Low Sr. or by his son John Low. The house is first mentioned in a 1708 deed when it was transferred from John Low and his wife Sarah Thorndike to their son Thorndike Low. This house is an example of … Continue reading 42 Heartbreak Road, the Thomas Low house (1684)
6 South Main Street, the Shoreborne Wilson – Samuel Appleton house (1685) - The Shoreborne Wilson / Samuel Appleton House at 6 South Main Street was built in 1685 and is listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places. The name is occasionally spelled Sherborne. Wilson apprenticed as a carpenter and made a living as a cooper. In 1659 he sued his master Wilson Douglass for failing to … Continue reading 6 South Main Street, the Shoreborne Wilson – Samuel Appleton house (1685)
39 – 41 High Street, the Daniel Lummus house (1686) - The Daniel Lummus House at 39-41 High Street is a recent addition to known 59 First Period Houses in Ipswich (Colonial era homes built between 1625 and 1725). After it was purchased by Al Boynton and Kathy Bruce, they discovered that it was full of first period elements that would date before 1720, as early … Continue reading 39 – 41 High Street, the Daniel Lummus house (1686)
26 East Street, the John Staniford – Polly Dole house (1687-1720) - This salt box house has elements from 1687 but acquired its current form in 1720.  It has a large front living room with a low ceiling, wide board floors and a “walk-in” fireplace. The long “summer beam” in the middle of this room is suspended by a cable to the peak of the roof. The … Continue reading 26 East Street, the John Staniford – Polly Dole house (1687-1720)
27 Summer Street, the Thomas Knowlton house (1688) - 27 Summer Street, the Thomas Knowlton house, First Period, was built in 1688. The 2-story timber frame home has traditional English overhangs on the front and sides. The lot on the corner of Summer St. and County St. was granted originally to Humphrey Bradstreet. He sold his house and land to Deacon Thomas Knowlton in 1646. Deacon … Continue reading 27 Summer Street, the Thomas Knowlton house (1688)
24 Topsfield Road, the Moses Kimball house (1688) - The land on which the Moses Kimball house was built, is part of a larger grant to early settler Samuel Appleton, and passed to his son John Appleton. The early homes of Samuel and John Appleton in this location are long gone, but this house is often referred to as the Appleton-Kimball house. (Col. John Appleton built his … Continue reading 24 Topsfield Road, the Moses Kimball house (1688)
12 Green Street, the Andrew Burley house (1688) - Andrew Burley, son of Giles and Elizabeth Burley, was born at Ipswich Sept. 5, 1657. The Andrew Burley House at 12 Green Street was built in 1688, with later Georgian features added. Andrew Burley was a wealthy merchant, justice of the Sessions Court and a was elected as representative to the General Court in 1741. … Continue reading 12 Green Street, the Andrew Burley house (1688)
88-92 High Street, the Shatswell house (1690) - The oldest section of the Tuttle – Lord – Shatswell house at 88 High Street in Ipswich is said to have been built before 1690 as the home of John Shatswell, who came to join the Ipswich settlement in 1633 with his wife and four children. He was granted this piece of land and built the original small dwelling near the existing one. … Continue reading 88-92 High Street, the Shatswell house (1690)
76 East Street, the Hodgkins – Lakeman House (c1690) - William Hodgkins came with his father William from England in 1640 and settled in Ipswich. He built a house in 1668 and died in 1693. He had a son named William as well, born in 1668, who apparently built this house in 1690. William Jr. died in 1719. William Hodgkins sold the house to his brother Christopher Hodgkins, … Continue reading 76 East Street, the Hodgkins – Lakeman House (c1690)
45 Heartbreak Road, the James Burnham house (1690) - James Burnham was born in Ipswich in 1650 and died in 1729. He was married to Mary Cogswell.  The first period home was built at 45 Heartbreak Road in 1690. Over the years it has been remodeled greatly. James Burnham, son of Thomas Burnham who built the Giddings-Burnham House on Argilla Road served as a … Continue reading 45 Heartbreak Road, the James Burnham house (1690)
52 Jeffreys Neck Rd. Ipswich Ross Tavern 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ross Tavern – Lord Collins house (c 1690) - The Ross Tavern, also known as the Lord-Collins House, is now located at Strawberry Hill on the former Wendell Estate on Jeffreys Neck Road. The structure was built in about 1690 in downtown Ipswich. In 1735 it was moved to the south-east side of the Choate Bridge where it remained until 1940 when it was … Continue reading 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ross Tavern – Lord Collins house (c 1690)
6 Water Street, the Preston – Foster house (1690) - The Preston – Foster House at 6 water street is described in “Something to Preserve” as having a typical original first-period floor plan in the original front structure. In the right half are two massive quarter-round chamfered summer beams typical of the late seventeenth century. The very sharp-pitched roof and purlins add additional evidence of the … Continue reading 6 Water Street, the Preston – Foster house (1690)
24 Fellows Road, the Fellows – Appleton House (1693 / 1832) - The earliest section of the Joseph Fellows – Daniel W. Appleton House at 24 Fellows Road was built before 1693. It was moved to this location and greatly altered in 1832 by Daniel W. Appleton , with further alterations after that. William Fellows was one of the early settlers of Ipswich,and his son Joseph greatly expanded … Continue reading 24 Fellows Road, the Fellows – Appleton House (1693 / 1832)
47 Jeffreys Neck Road, the Paine house (1694) - The Paine House, located on Jeffrey’s Neck Road at Greenwood Farm is owned by the Trustees of Reservations which offers occasional tours. The house became part of Greenwood Farm, an early 20th Century summer retreat for the Robert G. Dodge family. This saltbox was built in 1694, a well-preserved example of First Period architecture. This house … Continue reading 47 Jeffreys Neck Road, the Paine house (1694)
22 Mineral Street, the Ephraim Harris House (1696, alt. 1835) - The Ephraim Harris House at the corner of Mineral and Central Streets contains within it a first period home. The earliest sections of this house were built by the Warner family in 1696 on the north side of Market Street at the location of the Bank Ipswich today and remained at that location through the … Continue reading 22 Mineral Street, the Ephraim Harris House (1696, alt. 1835)
28 Water Street, the Harris – Stanwood House (1696) - The Harris – Stanwood house was built in 1696 by John Harris, was passed on to his descendant Thomas Harris. John Stanwood, a  Revolutionary War veteran, acquired the property in 1809 (187:233) and it remained in his family for many years. The house was expanded in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the side addition … Continue reading 28 Water Street, the Harris – Stanwood House (1696)