17th Century houses in Ipswich, Massachusetts

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Shatswell Planters Cottage 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Shatswell Planters Cottage (c 1646) - This small building on Strawberry Hill was moved from High Street and is believed to have been the original planters cottage of John Shatswell or his son Richard. … Continue reading 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Shatswell Planters Cottage (c 1646)
27 High Street, the Edward Brown House (1650) 27 High Street, the Edward Browne House (c 1650-1750) - 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 Commission. … Continue reading 27 High Street, the Edward Browne House (c 1650-1750)
Thomas Lord house, High St., Ipswich MA 17 High Street, the Thomas Lord house (after 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.… Continue reading 17 High Street, the Thomas Lord house (after 1658)
26 High Street, the Philip Call house (1659, with additions) - 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. … Continue reading 26 High Street, the Philip Call house (1659, with additions)
33 High Street, the John and Sarah Dillingham Caldwell house (1660/1709) - 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 with massive summer beams, a huge fireplace, a very substantial house of the 1660s.… Continue reading 33 High Street, the John and Sarah Dillingham Caldwell house (1660/1709)
Thomas Dennis house, County Street, Ipswich MA 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 1750s.… Continue reading 7 County Street, the Thomas Dennis House (1663)
3 Hovey Street, the John Kendrick house (1665) 3 Hovey Street, the John Kendrick house - 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.… Continue reading 3 Hovey Street, the John Kendrick house
83 County Road, the Rogers-Brown-Rust House (1665-1723) - The house at 83 County Road is believed to be three houses joined together, at least one from the First Period. In 1836 the house and lot were conveyed to the South Parish as a church site. Asa Brown bought the house and removed it to its present location.… Continue reading 83 County Road, the Rogers-Brown-Rust House (1665-1723)
Giddings-burnham house 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. … Continue reading 43 Argilla Road, the Giddings – Burnham house (b 1667)
13 High Street, the Joseph Willcomb house (1669-1693) - John Edwards, a tailor, acquired the property in 1668. The earliest section was built by Edwards or his son when he inherited the property in 1693. Edwards was one of several Tithingmen appointed by the Selectmen “to inspect disorderly persons. Joseph Willcomb bought the house prior to 1762.… Continue reading 13 High Street, the Joseph Willcomb house (1669-1693)
153 Argilla Road, the Isaac Goodale house (1669) - This First Period house was built in West Peabody before 1695. In 1928 it was reconstructed at 153 Argilla Road by Robert and Susan Goodale. … Continue reading 153 Argilla Road, the Isaac Goodale house (1669)
103 High Street, the William Merchant 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.… Continue reading 103 High Street, the William Merchant house (1670)
8 North Main St, the Ebenezer Stanwood House (1747) 6-8 North Main St., Taverner Sparks (c.1671-1710) - The left side of this first period house was the home of taverner John Sparks and his wife Mary. The right side was added in the early 18th Century during ownership by the Smith family. Sparks' nearby hostelry was known far and wide, and Sessions of the Quarterly Courts met there for 20 years.… Continue reading 6-8 North Main St., Taverner Sparks (c.1671-1710)
Shatswell house, High Street, Ipswich MA 88-90 High Street, the Shatswell-Tuttle house (right side by 1690 / left,1806) - 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.… Continue reading 88-90 High Street, the Shatswell-Tuttle house (right side by 1690 / left,1806)
John Calef house Ipswich MA 5-7 Poplar Street, the Dr. John Calef house (1671) - This house was built on South Main St. between 1671 and 1688 by Deacon Thomas Knowlton. In the mid-18th Century the house was owned by Dr. John Calef, a Loyalist. John Heard moved the house to its present location in order to build his elaborate Federalist home which now houses the Ipswich Museum. … Continue reading 5-7 Poplar Street, the Dr. John Calef house (1671)
Whipple House, South Green, Ipswich 1 South Green, the Captain John Whipple House (1677 / 1725) - The oldest part of the house dates to 1677 when Captain John Whipple constructed a townhouse near the center of Ipswich. The Historical Society moved it over the Choate bridge to its current location and restored to its original appearance. … Continue reading 1 South Green, the Captain John Whipple House (1677 / 1725)
Harris-Sutton house, Water St. 8 Water Street, the Pengry-Harris-Sutton House (1677-1743, completely reconstructed in 2000) - 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.… Continue reading 8 Water Street, the Pengry-Harris-Sutton House (1677-1743, completely reconstructed in 2000)
51 Linebrook Road, the Hart House (1678) - The oldest parts of the Hart House were apparently constructed in 1678-80 by Samuel Hart, the son of Thomas Hart, an Irish tanner who arrived in Ipswich in 1637. The two oldest rooms are exact duplicates of the originals, which were moved to museums in the early 20th Century.… Continue reading 51 Linebrook Road, the Hart House (1678)
30 East Street, the Jordan – Snelling – Potter house (c 1708) 30 East Street, the Francis Jordan house - A massive 17th Century timber frame from the First Period of construction in the English colonies is fully displayed throughout this house. … Continue reading 30 East Street, the Francis Jordan house
John Brewer house, Ipswich MA 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.… Continue reading 82 High Street, the John Brewer house (1680)
First Period Howard House, Turkey Shore, Ipswich MA 41 Turkey Shore Road, the William Howard House (c.1680/ 1709) - William Howard, hatter, bought this lot in 1679 from Daniel Ringe. Architectural evidence suggests that Howard removed the 1638 home of Thomas Emerson and built the left side of the present house about 1680. The right side was added in 1709. From 1891 to 1906 Arthur Wesley Dow and his wife ran the Ipswich Summer School of Art here.… Continue reading 41 Turkey Shore Road, the William Howard House (c.1680/ 1709)
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. … Continue reading 77 High Street, the John Kimball house (1680)
Thomas Low house, Ipswich MA 42 Heartbreak Road, the Thomas and John Low house (frame before 1684) - The first parts of this house were built before 1684 by Thomas Low Sr. or by his son John Low. This house is an example of a First Period home, with an overhang at the gable end like those on the side of the Whipple House.… Continue reading 42 Heartbreak Road, the Thomas and John Low house (frame before 1684)
6 South Main Street, the Shoreborne Wilson – Samuel Appleton house (1685) 6 South Main Street, the Shoreborne Wilson – Samuel Appleton house (1685, greatly altered) - 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.… Continue reading 6 South Main Street, the Shoreborne Wilson – Samuel Appleton house (1685, greatly altered)
39 – 41 High Street, the Daniel Lummus house (1746 with earlier elements) - This house has elements dating to 1686 but was significantly rebuilt in 1746. Jonathan Lummus bequeathed to his son Daniel "a small piece of land out of my homestead adjoining to his homestead to make a convenient way to his barn." in 1728. … Continue reading 39 – 41 High Street, the Daniel Lummus house (1746 with earlier elements)
26 East Street, the Staniford – Polly Dole -John Updike house (1687-1720) - Part of this house was constructed in 1687 for Deacon John Staniford and his wife Margaret. It acquired its current form in 1720. This was the home of writer John Updike, and has a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.… Continue reading 26 East Street, the Staniford – Polly Dole -John Updike house (1687-1720)
Knowlton house, Ipswich MA 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.… 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. His son John Appleton sold a five and 3/4 acre lot on the south side of Topsfield Road to Moses Kimball, a taylor, who built some portion of this house in 1688.… Continue reading 24 Topsfield Road, the Moses Kimball house (1688)
Andrew Burley house, Green St., Ipswich 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.… Continue reading 12 Green Street, the Andrew Burley house (1688)
Hodgkins house, East St. Ipswich MA 76 East Street, the Hodgkins – Lakeman House (c. 1690) - 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.… Continue reading 76 East Street, the Hodgkins – Lakeman House (c. 1690)
45 Heartbreak Road, the James Burnham house (1690) 45 Heartbreak Road, the James Burnham house (1690) - The first period home was built in 1690 and has been remodeled greatly. It is an example of the distinct architecture that flowered in Ipswich in the late 17th century… Continue reading 45 Heartbreak Road, the James Burnham house (1690)
Ross Tavern, Strawberry Hill Ipswich 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ross Tavern – Lord Collins house (c 1690) - The house was moved from South Main Street in 1940 by David Wendel and restored to a high-style First Period appearance on the basis of observed physical evidence. The Collins-Lord house on High Street was moved and attached to the rear of this house.… Continue reading 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ross Tavern – Lord Collins house (c 1690)
The Preston-Foster house, Ipswich MA 6 Water Street, the Reginald 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.… Continue reading 6 Water Street, the Reginald Foster house (1690)
47 Jeffreys Neck Road, the Paine house (1694) - This picturesque house remains on its original saltwater farm location. Three generations of the Paine family made their home here, From 1916, Greenwood Farm was a summer retreat for the Robert G. Dodge family, who used the Paine House as a guesthouse. … Continue reading 47 Jeffreys Neck Road, the Paine house (1694)
22 Mineral St. Ipswich MA 22 Mineral Street, the Warner-Harris House (c. 1696, alt. 1835) - The earliest sections of this house were built by Daniel Warner in 1696 on 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.… Continue reading 22 Mineral Street, the Warner-Harris House (c. 1696, alt. 1835)
Harris house, Water St., Ipswich MA 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.… Continue reading 28 Water Street, the Harris – Stanwood House (1696)

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  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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