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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) - Edward Brown was the original owner of this site in 1639, and the east side of the present house is believed to have been constructed under his ownership around 1650 as a one-room over-one-room floor plan. In the mid-18th century the west side of the house was built. Architectural features of this house are protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Cornmission.
17 High Street, the Thomas Lord house (1658) - In 1634 this lot was granted to Robert Lord, one of the settlers of Ipswich, and was deeded to Thomas Lord, a cordwainer who built the early section of this house in 1658. The oak frame encloses a two-room over-two-room house. The saltbox leanto is not integral, indicating that it was added later.
26 High Street, the Philip Call house (1659) - This 2-story timber-frame First Period house was built by cordwainer Philip Call about 1659, enlarged around 1725. In 1967, the owners uncovered a chamfered 17th century summer beam and field paneling behind Victorian-era walls. The house has a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
52 High Street, the Henry Kingsbury – Robert Lord house (1660) - Henry Kingsbury, the earliest known owner of this lot, is first mentioned in Ipswich Records of 1638. The oldest elements of the present house date to 1660, the year Henry Kingsbury sold a house and lot to Robert Lord. Key features of this house include a hidden room and 10 fireplaces.
33 High Street, the Waldo-Caldwell house (1660) - In 1654, Cornelius Waldo sold to John Caldwell for £26 the house and land he bought of Richard Betts. Caldwell removed the old house and built the present house as a two-over-two-room, central chimney plan house with massive summer beams, a huge fireplace, and heavy chamfered frame, a very substantial house of the 1660’s.
7 County Street, the Thomas Dennis House (1663) - Shoreborne Wilson, a cooper, built a house and shop on this site about 1660. Thomas Dennis, the well-known master joiner, bought the property in 1663. The rear ell of the present house dates from that period, The 5-bay front section of the house dates to the 1750's.
3 Hovey Street, the John Kendrick house (1665) - John Kenrick, a cooper by trade, owned this lot in 1665,. He and his son sold it to to Thomas Staniford in 1706. Structural evidence supports a construction date of about 1670. Much of the trim dates from the late 18th or early 19th centuries.
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 earliest section of this house was built by John Edwards, a tailor, who acquired the property in 1668. He was one of several Tithingmen appointed by the Selectmen “to inspect disorderly persons. Joseph Willcomb bought the house prior to 1762.
103 High Street, the Merchant – Choate house (1670) - 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 William Merchant who arrived in Ipswich with John Winthrop and the first settlers. The section on the left was added in 1672.
5-7 Poplar Street, the Dr. John Calef house (1671) - This house was built between 1671 and 1688 by Deacon Thomas Knowlton who purchased the land on which it originally stood on South Main. In 1777 John Heard moved the house to its present location in order to build his elaborate Federalist home which now houses the Ipswich Museum. In the 1700’s the house was owned by Loyalist John Calef. who was frequently Representative from Ipswich to the General Court, In 1774, after one of his votes was called into question, Calef sold the property to John Heard and joined the British troops at Fort George. At the close of the war he settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
1 South Green, the Whipple House (1677) - The oldest part of the house dates to 1677 when Captain John Whipple constructed a townhouse near the center of Ipswich. The house had fallen into serious disrepair in the early 20th Century but was saved from destruction, moved through town and over the Choate bridge to its current location on South Green, and restored to its 1683 appearance. The original frame of oak, chestnut, and tamarack is largely intact.
8 Water Street, the Harris-Sutton House (1677) - Abner Harris bought this lot and enlarged the house in 1743. When the house was dismantled and reconstructed in the early 21st Century, evidence was discovered indicating that the eastern part of the house may date to 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) - John Brewer came to Ipswich with his father Thomas Brewer who is shown living in Ipswich in 1639. Town records show that in 1662 the town constables were ordered to pay John Brewer 20 schillings, charges he was due “about constructing the fort”. John Brewer Sr. died on June 23, 1684.
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)
41 Turkey Shore Road, the Howard – Arthur Wesley Dow House (1680) - William Howard purchased this lot from Thomas Emerson in 1679 and built a half-house which was enlarged in 1709. From 1891 to 1906 Arthur Wesley Dow and his wife Minnie ran the Ipswich Summer School of Art in the house.
77 High Street, the John Kimball house (1680) - Richard Kimball owned this lot in 1637. The property passed to John Kimball, and the present house dates from the time of his ownership. It belonged to the Lord family through the 19th century.
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) - This house was built by joiner Sherborne Wilson,. The house was purchased in 1702 by Col. Samuel Appleton, the eldest son of Major Samuel Appleton. At the time it was still a two-room central chimney structure, and it is believed that Appleton expanded the building on the southeast side. The house is listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places.
39 – 41 High Street, the Daniel Lummus house (1686) - This house stands on the nine-acre grant to Governor Thomas Dudley. This was the home of Daniel Lummus.  Jonathan Lummus bequeathed "a small piece of land out of my homestead adjoining to his homestead" to his son Daniel Lummus, "to make a convenient way to his barn." in 1728. The 1686 structure was significantly rebuilt in 1746. 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 as 1686.
26 East Street, the John Staniford – Polly Dole-John Updike house (1687-1720) - Some part of this house may have been constructed in 1687 for Deacon John Staniford and his wife Margaret.
27 Summer Street, the Thomas Knowlton house (1688) - Humphrey Bradstreet. sold his house and land to Deacon Thomas Knowlton in 1646. In 1688 Knowlton passed his house and land to his grand nephew Nathaniel Knowlton with a new house erected on the property, and it is this house that survives today.
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 bought this lot in 1683 and built a house shortly thereafter. He became a wealthy merchant and updated the house with fine Georgian features. Burley was a justice of the Sessions Court and was elected representative to the General Court in 1741. Capt. John Smith purchased the house in 1760 from the estate of Andrew Burley’s widow Hannah and operated it as Smith's Tavern.
88-92 High Street, the Shatswell house (1690) - The oldest section of the Tuttle – Lord – Shatswell house was built before 1690 for Deacon John Shatswell, who joined the Ipswich settlement in 1633 with his wife and four children. It remained in the family and was the home of Col. Nathaniel Shatswell, famous for his command of Union troops during the Battle of Harris Farm during the Civil War.
76 East Street, the Hodgkins – Lakeman House (c1690) - William Hodgkins built this house before 1700. In 1718 he sold the dwelling to Archelaus Lakeman and the property remained in the Lakeman family for almost 200 years. The Lakemans were a sea-faring family with extensive wharves and warehouses on the property and on the Town Wharf across the street.
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) - Ipswich deeds list the transfer of a house at this location from Roger Preston to Reginald Foster in 1657, but construction of this house dates to about 1690. Massive chamfered summer beams in the right section, the sharp-pitched roof and purlins provide evidence of the early date.
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 earliest sections of this house were built by Daniel Warner in 1696 on the north side of Market Street. In 1835, Ephraim Harris, builder, was commissioned by Capt. Robert Kimball to build a new house on the lot. Harris removed a portion of the Warner house to his own land at the corner of Central and Mineral Streets, and enlarged it. A chamfered summer beam running from girt-to-girt is a remaining first period feature in the earliest, western half of the house.
28 Water Street, the Harris – Stanwood House (1696) - The Harris – Stanwood house was built in 1696 by John Harris. John Stanwood acquired the property in 1809 and it remained in his family for many years. The right wing was added c. 1884, and the point of extension is clearly seen in the roofline.
57 North Main Street, the Day-Dodge House (1696-1737) - This unusual double house has two entrances and asymmetrical bays. The corner at North Main and East Street is the oldest section and appears to have elements of a barn constructed by Francis Wainwright at this location in 1696. This house is protected by a preservation agreement.

One thought on “17th Century houses in Ipswich, Massachusetts

  1. I am a direct descendant of John Fuller, the fourth person to settle in the town of Ipswich in 1635. Just wondering if there’s any legacy in the town attributed to him or his family or descendants, any history related to that family? Thank you!

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