341 Linebrook Road, the Joseph Conant house (1700-1835) - The house at 341 Linebrook Road was owned in the mid 19th century by Joseph Conant, a shoemaker. It is one of a cluster of homes in the immediate area owned by the promient and extensive Conant family in the immediate neighborhood. The house appears to have originally been a two-bay-wide, story-and-one-third cottage with the chimney … Continue reading 341 Linebrook Road, the Joseph Conant house (1700-1835)
50 North Main Street, the James Brown house (1700 / 1721) - The James Brown house is part of a larger 1700 house that was divided into three houses in the late 18th Century. The chamfered oak frame in the southern portion indicates late First period, while the northern section appears to date from the 1720's. The Morley house next door was separated and turned sideways.
95 High Street, the Simon and Hannah Adams house (1700) - Simon Adams, a weaver and veteran of King Philip's War, owned this property in 1707, according to a deed of the adjoining property. (20:15). This "half-house" was originally extended as a leanto over the rear rooms. In 1906 the front door and old sash were changed and around 1919 the east ell was added.
12 Warren Street, the Albert P. Hills house (1700) - The small cottage at 12 Warren Street in Ipswich is listed on the town assessors site as having been built in 1700, but the Historical Commission does not provide a date. The front section is the oldest. Nathaniel Bishop was among the original settlers of Ipswich and was granted a 10-acre lot that extended from North … Continue reading 12 Warren Street, the Albert P. Hills house (1700)
2 Poplar Street, Swasey Tavern (1718) - John Ayres built a house in 1693, and sold it in 1705 to John Whipple, who did extensive alterations. In 1725 Increase How purchased the "good mansion house” from Whipple and ran an inn. In 1789 President George Washington addressed the citizenry from these steps. It was owned by General Joseph Swasey in the early 19th Century.
80 East Street, the Perkins – Hodgkins House (c 1700) - The Perkins-Hodgkins house is believed to have been built in 1700 on the foundation of the earier Jacob Perkins home. The house has been greatly expanded over the years, but the original asymetrical structure continues to anchor the corner with Jeffreys Neck Road.
8 East Street, the Captain Matthew Perkins house (1701) - The Captain Matthew Perkins House at 8 East St. in Ipswich was the winner of the 1991 Mary Conley Award. The land on which the house sits was at one time part of an orchard lot and was sold to Matthew Perkins, a weaver and soldier, by Major Francis Wainwright in 1701. The 1st period 2-story structure has post-medieval overhangs front and side.
130 Topsfield Road, the Robert Wallis house (1703) - The Robert Wallis house at 130 Topsfield Road dates to the first half of the 18th Century. Original parts of the house may date to 1703, but the chimneys at either end of the building are indicative of a major 1750 renovation. Ensign Nicholas Wallis was born in 1633 in Ipswich to Robert and Rebecca Wallis, … Continue reading 130 Topsfield Road, the Robert Wallis house (1703)
9 County Street, the Benjamin Dutch house (1705) - This was built early in the 1700’s, and was owned by one of several men named Benjamin Dutch who owned and sold properties throughout town. The asymmetrical facade and timber frame are typical of First Period construction.
2 North Main Street, the John Appleton house (1707) - Colonel John Appleton built this house in 1707. This was the first house in Ipswich to have a third story, which was removed by Daniel Noyes around 1768 after he bought the house. In 1962 the Appleton House was purchased by Exxon, which intended to build a gas station on the site. The Ipswich Heritage Trust was formed to save the house, the first major preservation action in Ipswich.
45 High Street, the John Lummus house (1712) - Jonathan Lummus, who served in King Philip’s War in 1675 was appointed a tithing man by the town in 1700. Lummus bought Captain Symon Stacy’s land and dwelling on High Street in 1712. This parcel had originally been granted to Thomas Dudley, Governor of Massachusetts. The house underwent a careful restoration by Phillip Ross in 1964.
32 Water Street, the Jabesh Sweet house (1713) - Jabesh Sweet built this house on a quarter acre lot by the river at 32 Water Street in 1713. People said that the ghost of Harry Maine the Mooncusser haunted the house that once sat where the garage for this house now stands. He was found guilty and staked to the Ipswich Bar until he drowned.
16 Fellows Road, the Ruth Fellows house (1714) - The Ruth Fellows house at 16 Fellows Road in Ipswich is a First Period home, dating to 1714. Her husband Joseph was the son of colonist William Israel Fellows who was a planter and purchased land in Ipswich, MA 26 Mar 1639. The following are excerpts from “Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony” and “Candlewood … Continue reading 16 Fellows Road, the Ruth Fellows house (1714)
49 Candlewood Road, the Robert Kinsman house (b 1714) - Robert Kinsman constructed this First Period house before1714. The home has been greatly expanded over the years. Stephen Kinsman inherited the house in 1726, and with his wife Elizabeth Russell brought up a family of twelve children. They dwelt in the old Robert Kinsman homestead until 1767 when he sold his farm, 47 acres and buildings to … Continue reading 49 Candlewood Road, the Robert Kinsman house (b 1714)
36 Water Street, the York – Averill House (1715) - Captain Samuel York built this house in 1715 after selling two smaller lots on East Street. The earliest portions of this house date from the early years of his ownership, Benjamin Averill, a Revolutionary War veteran, bought the house in 1793 and it remained in the Averill family until the late 19th century.
106 High St. the Caleb Kimball house (1715) - Caleb Kimball (1) was born in 1639 in Ipswich, the son of Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott. The owner has maintained the left inside as a First Period home, with exposed beams and a large fireplace. The right inside was updated with Georgian features, plaster ceilings and a Rumford fireplace.
104 High Street, the John Kimball house (1715) - This is is one of three John Kimball houses along High Street, two said to have been built by the father, the third by the son. The 1st period house has a chamfered summer beam and wide plank tongue and groove sheathing. This house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission.
59 South Main Street, the Philomen Dean house (1716) - Dr. Philomen Dean bought this lot in 1715 and built a house. After various owners, the building was sold to the Boston and Ipswich Lace Co. in 1824, and an addition was built. In the late 19th century the building was used by as a tea room.
41 Linebrook Road, Old Cross Farm (c 1717) - The Old Cross Farm at 41 Linebrook Road was restored in 1999 by the Copithorne family. Information for this article is from a grant study conducted by Sue Nelson for the Ipswich Historical Commission documenting the deeds and each family that lived in the home. According to the 1725 will of John Denison the elder, his home consisted … Continue reading 41 Linebrook Road, Old Cross Farm (c 1717)
39 Summer Street, the Foster – Grant house (1717) - In 1717 Nathaniel Knowlton sold a small lot to James Foster who is believed to have built the house. In 1826, the family sold to Ephriam Grant, and the house was long known as the "Grant house." Early Colonial features are preserved throughout the house.
11 Summer Street, the Nathaniel Hovey house (1718) - Nathaniel Hovey Sr. lived only to the age of 28, about the time of the birth of his son. Nathaniel Jr. in 1696. This house was probably built by the younger Hovey.The asymetrical layout of the front of this house suggests that it may have originally been built as a half house and expanded. A modified Beverly jog is on the left.
5 County Street, the Rindge-Pinder-Leatherland house (1718) - Richard Rindge (also spelled Ringe) acquired the lot at 5 County St., with a house already on it, in 1718. It is assumed that Richard Rindge built this house after he purchased the lot, but the possibility remains that this is the earlier dwelling. The house was inherited by Richard's son (also named Richard), who sold it to John Pinder. Pinder's widow Sarah sold the house to William Leatherland in 1799. Phillip Clark bought the house, which is where he operated an undertaker's and cabinet shop. The 1856 village map identifies the house as "I. Dodge, Shoe Manufacturing" with an empty lot on the corner. At that time Ignatius Dodge lived in the Thomas Dennis house next door.
15 Summer Street, the Jonathan Pulcifer house (1718) - Jonathan Pulcifer built this house in 1718 on Summer Street, one of the "oldest ways" in Ipswich. He was probably the grandson of son of Benjamin Pulsipher, an early settler of Ipswich who died in 1695.
43 Summer Street, the Wilcomb-Pinder house (1718) - This timber-framed First Period house was built in 1718 by William Wilcomb. The interior of the home features hand-hewn summer beams, wide plank flooring and the original fireplaces. The next owner, William Benjamin Pinder was a corporal with Col. Appleton’s company during the French and Indian War.
27 Lakeman’s Lane, the Benjamin Fellows house (1719) - The Benjamin Fellows House at 27 Lakeman’s Lane won the Honorable Mention for the Mary Conley Award in 1993. The house was built between 1719 and 1740. Ephraim Fellows inherited the homestead of his father Benjamin on Lakeman’s Lane. Ephraim was a private in Captain Thomas Burnham’s Company which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, fighting in … Continue reading 27 Lakeman’s Lane, the Benjamin Fellows house (1719)
59 East Street, the Daniel Ringe house (1719) - Samuel York the small lot fronting on East Street to Daniel Ringe, Oct. 16, 1719 . Ringe sold to John Holland, Nov. 6, 1742. Daniel Ringe was an early settler of Ipswich, and as a young man worked as a cow-herd. Captain Ringe was a soldier in the Indian wars in his and became a prominent citizen of Ipswich.
297 Linebrook Road, the Joseph Chapman house (1720) - The Joseph Chapman house at 297 Linebrook Rd. was built circa 1720. The building is perhaps the oldest structure in Linebrook, and is said to have once had a fireplace in which one could stand up.. The post and beam frame has summer beams with simple bevel chamfers, supporting the 1720 construction date. The first Chapman to be … Continue reading 297 Linebrook Road, the Joseph Chapman house (1720)
73 High Street, the Nathaniel Lord house (C 1720) - This house is named after Nathaniel Lord who spent 36 years as the Register of Probate in the Ipswich Court. The western half of this house predates the eastern side and may have 17th Century elements.
46 Summer Street, the James Foster house (1720) - James Foster bought this former orchard land in 1720 from Nathaniel Clark who moved to Newbury. The northwest side is the original half-house, which was doubled in size and remodeled to appear Georgian, with the two chimneys, dormers and a symmetrical front. The house was owned by the Soward family in the 19th Century, and partially burned.
48 Turkey Shore Road, the Nathaniel Hodgkins house (c 1720) - The Nathaniel Hodgkins house is the small red building at 48 Turkey Shore Road, was probably built after Hodgkins bought the lot in 1720. The gambrel roof suggests early Georgian era construction, maximizing headroom inside the upper level of this modest home. The front original section has gunstock corner posts, found in First Period construction and … Continue reading 48 Turkey Shore Road, the Nathaniel Hodgkins house (c 1720)
67 Turkey Shore Road, the Stephen Boardman house (1720) - This house is named for Stephen Boardman, the son of Thomas Boardman and Sarah Langley. He and his wife Elizabeth Cogswes moved to Stratham, NH where he made a name for himself as a vocal supporter of the American revolution.The wide pine board floors in the house are original, and 4 restored fireplaces share a central chimney.
3 Summer Street, the Benjamin Kimball house (c 1720, alt. 1803) - The Benjamin Kimball House dates to about 1720 and was a 2 room cape moved to this location in 1803 and expanded at that time. The Benjamin Kimball house is late first period but has been altered with Georgian and Federal influences. The walls and roof are constructed of huge beams with mortise and tenon joinery, and the first floor outside corners have gunstock posts, evidence that they once supported the roof.
37 High Street, Lord – Baker House (1720) - The house is believed to have been built by Robert Lord III in 1720. The property continued in the Lord family until 1775, when Samuel Baker, felt-maker and hatter, purchased it. This early 2nd period house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission.
168 Argilla Road, the Tilton-Smith house (c 1720) - The “Tilton-Smith House” at 168 Argilla Road in Ipswich was awarded the 1999 Mary P. Conley award. Built circa 1720 by Abraham Tilton Jr., a 1998 fire took away much of its original frame, but the owner totally rebuilt the home with attention to historical detail and authentic 18th century craftsmanship. He saved what was … Continue reading 168 Argilla Road, the Tilton-Smith house (c 1720)
30 High Street, the Joseph Bolles house (1722) - Joseph Bolles, a carpenter bought this lot from Joseph Fowler with an acre of land and a house on it in 1722, which is the assumed date of this structure.This house began as a central chimney house, one room deep. Rooms were later added to the rear, and the roof rebuilt to cover the doubled house. The original oak frame is now thoroughly concealed, and second and third period trim dominate the house.
47 County Street, the Benjamin Grant house (1723) - The Benjamin Grant House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.The front of the house is slightly asymmetrical, suggesting that it might have been originally built as a half house. Benjamin Grant was born in 1701 in Ipswich to Robert and Mary Grant, who had emigrated to Ipswich from England. Benjamin married Anne Perkins in 1722, and was killed in the French and Indian War in 1756.
5 Summer Street, the Widow Fuller house (1725) - The Widow Fuller house at 5 Summer Street was built in 1725. The first recorded mention of this property is in 1754, when Elizabeth Fuller sold a house and land to Thomas Treadwell (107:158). Stylistic evidence points to a construction date of c. 1725. Originally the house was one room deep, with a cased frame. The … Continue reading 5 Summer Street, the Widow Fuller house (1725)
421 Linebrook Road, the Abraham Howe barn (1725) - The following information is from the records of the Topsfield Historical Society: “The western part of Ipswich was originally known as Ipswich Farms, and later became known as Linebrook Parish. James Howe’s first house along the old Indian way now known as Linebrook Road was built on the grant of 1650. His son John Howe Sr. … Continue reading 421 Linebrook Road, the Abraham Howe barn (1725)
11 County Street, the Bennett – Caldwell house (1725) - Joseph Bennett built this early Second Period house in 1725. In 1818 the house was sold to Capt. Sylvanus Caldwell, who engaged in maritime trade along the coast from Massachusetts to Maine for a half century.
14 East Street, the Baker – Newman house (1725) - John Baker was granted a section of the land extending down East Street to Spring Street, originally granted to Rev. Cobbet. John Baker Jr. sold eight acres with buildings including land on the hillside to Nathaniel Jones Jr. in 1742. Jones sold the house and lot to George Newman Jr., a weaver.
3 High Street, the John Gaines house (1725) - The John Gaines house at 3 High St. is a 1725 building remodeled in 1806 with Federal trim. The Gaines family in Ipswich are famous for the chairs they produced. The home also served for over one hundred years as the Episcopal rectory.This house has a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
115 High Street, the Baker – Sutton house (1725) - This lot was first owned by Haniel Bosworth, a cowherd. His widow, Abigail, sold the dwelling in 1702 to William Baker. Baker probably built the present dwelling. The house has been extensively restored, and the handsome pilastered chimney and Conn. River Valley – type doorframe with its broken scroll pediment were added. In the early – mid 18th century a guild of hatters lived on High Street in Ipswich, including Samuel Baker and Richard Sutton.
16 County Street, the Abraham Knowlton house (1726) - This original 3-bay right (south) side of 16 County St. is believed to have been constructed circa 1725-26, and no later than about 1740. The other two bays were added to the left side of the house between 1750 and 1800. Capt. Abraham Knowlton was a jointer and a member of the woodworkers fraternity … Continue reading 16 County Street, the Abraham Knowlton house (1726)
31 South Main Street, the Joseph Manning house (1727) - In exploring the history of this building, I uncovered a tale of two families, one most fortunate, and the other less so. A house on the lot at 31 South Main Street can be traced back to Isaac Fitts, a hatter, who petitioned for forty feet on the River bank in 1726, that he might set … Continue reading 31 South Main Street, the Joseph Manning house (1727)
18 East Street, the Baker-Dodge house (1727) - This house was built c 1727 by John Baker III, and purchased by Mary Dennis Dodge in 1818. The house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the town of Ipswich.
1 High Street, the Nathaniel Rogers Old Manse (1727) - The house was constructed for the Rev. Nathaniel Rogers in 1727 by Ipswich cabinet-maker, Capt. Abraham Knowlton. In the early 1900's the building was known as "ye Olde Burnham Inn". This house is protected by a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
62 East Street, the Treadwell-Wainwright House (1727) - Capt. John Wainwright bought 3 1/2 acres from Nathaniel Treadwell in 1726 (47:144) and built this fine Georgian mansion.The raised-field paneling and feather-edge sheathing found throughout the house are key features.
88 County Road, the Col. Nathaniel Wade House (1727) - This house was built in 1727 by Captain Thomas Wade. On September 25, 1780, his son Nathaniel Wade received an urgent correspondence from General George Washington that General Arnold had "gone to the enemy" and to take command at West Point. The house is protected by a preservation covenant with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
12 Water Street, the Glazier – Sweet house (1728) - This house was built in 1728 by Benjamin Glazier, a sea captain, and transitions the First and Second Periods of Colonial construction. The original half house and early Beverly Jog addition remain intact, with later additions.
58 North Main Street, the Captain Richard Rogers House (1728) - Captain Richard Rogers bought this lot in 1728 and built this high style, gambrel roofed house shortly thereafter.The balustrade, paneling and shell cupboards in this house indicate a high-style Georgian influence, one of the finest of its vintage in New England.
110 High Street, the John Kimball Jr. house (1730) - John Kimball Sr. acquired this land in 1708. Kimball's son, John Jr. built a house and barn, and came into possession in 1752. The eastern half is older, and its timbers were originally exposed. This structural evidence suggests that the dwelling began as a half house in about 1730-40, High Street originally continued past this house until the first bridge over the railroad tracks was constructed in 1906.
41 Candlewood Road, the Boardman house (c 1730) - The Mary P. Conley Preservation Award is given annually to recognize historical preservation in Ipswich. The 2007 recipient Bryan Townsend completely restored the second-period 1750 home built by Captain John Boardman or his son Thomas. The barn on this property that Townsend restored received the 2009 award. The house was previously known as the Isaac … Continue reading 41 Candlewood Road, the Boardman house (c 1730)
1 Turkey Shore Road, the Burnham-Patch-Day house (1730) - This house appears to have been built around 1730 on the unbalanced floor plan of the earlier house at this location from the 1670’s, with rooms of varying dimensions. Heavy quarter-round chamfered summer beams in the cellar support supporting the floors above may be from that First Period structure. The large ell on Poplar Street was added in the early nineteenth-century,
69 S. Main Street, the Samuel Dutch house (b 1733) - Samuel Dutch bought this land in 1723 and built this house by 1733. The front appears to have been enlarged with a third floor and a hip roof during in the early 19th Century. The rear wing has a chamfered summer beam, suggesting that it was an older house.
44 Fellows Road, the Joseph Fellows Jr. house (1734) - The house at 44 Fellows Rd. was constructed in 1734 by Joseph Fellows Jr. Joseph Fellows, Jr. was born in 1678, the son of Joseph Fellows, Sr. and Ruth Fellows. His siblings were Mary Brown and Abigail Fellows. Joseph Fellows Jr. and his wife Sarah had two sons, Joseph Fellows and Benjamin Fellows. He died on September 8, 1762. … Continue reading 44 Fellows Road, the Joseph Fellows Jr. house (1734)
50 Mill Road, the Caleb Warner house (1734) - Just before you cross the triple stone arch Warner’s Bridge that connects Mill Rd. in Ipswich to Asbury St. in Hamilton, you can see on your left the large house built by Caleb Warner in 1755. Within it is an earlier home assembled of two structures before 1734, the year that Caleb Warner came into possession of the property. No records … Continue reading 50 Mill Road, the Caleb Warner house (1734)
20 Market Street, the Stacey-Ross house (1734) - In 1733 John Stacey "being incapable of labor " petitioned the town that he may build a house beside the rocky ledge on the lower North Green "for selling cakes and ale for his livelihood." The house was moved to this location 100 years after its construction.
108 High St., the Dow-Harris house (1735) - This dwelling began as a half house, two rooms in depth, and appears to have been constructed about 1735 for Margaret Dow and her second husband John Lull. The principal room retains its cased frame, and a fine paneled fireplace wall. The rear room fireplace has been reduced in size, but vestiges of an early lintel remain. Additions date to the 19th Century.
12 North Main Street, Treadwell’s Inn (1737) - In 1737, Captain Nathaniel Treadwell opened an inn in this building. John Adams visited Ipswich frequently during the 1770's in his capacity as a lawyer and always stayed at Captain Nathaniel Treadwell's inn. It was erroneously named the Christian Wainwright house, which no longer stands.
27 East Street, the Widow Elizabeth Caldwell house (1740-1755) - Joseph Wait sold this lot to Elizabeth Caldwell, widow of Thomas, in 1829. She moved a house from another site onto her property. The rear two story wing is believed to be the older house, joined together when the house was moved. Structural evidence suggest a construction dates of about 1740 to 1775 for the two sections. … Continue reading 27 East Street, the Widow Elizabeth Caldwell house (1740-1755)
68 Jeffreys Neck Road, the Captain John Smith house (c 1740) - The Captain John Smith house at 68 Jeffreys Neck Road was constructed in approximately 1740. The asymetrical construction suggests that it may have started as a smaller house that was enlarged. Captain John Smith was born on January 03, 1706 in Ipswich, the son of John Smith and Mercy Adams Smith. He married Hannah Treadwell, daughter … Continue reading 68 Jeffreys Neck Road, the Captain John Smith house (c 1740)
7 Summer Street, the Thomas Treadwell house (C 1740) - The original house consisted of a large room with a chimney and entry at the right. Raised field wainscotting in this room is the most exceptional early second period feature. The house was altered in the mid-18th century, and the kitchen and small rear room are finished with trim from this period. In the mid-19th century new stairs and a new chimney were built.
68 High Street, the John Wood – Lord house (c 1740) - John Wood bought this corner lot in 1719 and inherited his father Samuel's adjoining lot in 1738. He married Martha Ringe, who was recently widowed with small children after her husband Daniel disappeared in 1727 while on a fishing expedition to Penobscot Bay, attacked by Indians. The court allowed Martha Ringe to marry John Wood before the three years had passed "in order to advance her circumstances."
10 County Street, the Dennis – Dodge House (1740) - The 1740 Dennis-Dodge house was owned by Captain John Dennis, whose father Thomas Dennis was a renowned woodworker and owned a home across the street. A succession of Dennis family members retained this property.Captain Ignatius Dodge (1816 - 1901) inherited the house. In the early 1800's, Eunice Hale maintained a school in the building.
178 Argilla Road, the Stephen Smith house (1742) - Sagamore Hill, which is near Fox Creek and Argilla Roads, was originally apportioned in small tillage lots to a considerable number of owners. Thomas Wells left two sons, Thomas and Nathaniel. Thomas quitclaimed his portion to his brother, in 1669. Thomas Wells sold Abraham Tilton Jr., his farm, described as “part of ye farme which my … Continue reading 178 Argilla Road, the Stephen Smith house (1742)
42 High Street, the Holland-Ringe house (c 1742) - The first recorded deed of the Holland House appeared in 1742, when John Holland sold the property and “ye House as is now finished standing there” to Daniel Ringe. The Hollands were a seafaring family, and Daniel Ringe was a veteran of the French and Indian Wars.
38 East Street, the John Harris house (1742) - The John Harris House at 38 East Street was built circa 1742. It is a Second Period Georgian home, 2 story, end gable, with wood frame clapboard siding. The symmetrical 5 bay façade has numerous side and rear additions dating to the early 19th Century or before. Description from MACRIS: “John Harris inherited the east side … Continue reading 38 East Street, the John Harris house (1742)
19 Summer Street, the Solemon Lakeman house (1745) - According to Thomas Franklin Waters, this land was “owned or occupied by Solomon Lakeman in 1745.” The house is apparently second period, though the majority of its early detailing is concealed. The 1832 map shows the owner as “The widow Lakeman.” Sources: Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony Vol. 1, page 441. MACRIS 1832 map … Continue reading 19 Summer Street, the Solemon Lakeman house (1745)
8 North Main St, the Ebenezer Stanwood House (1747) - This house is named for early owner Ebenezer Stanwood, a peruke-maker. The framing and decoration indicate a First Period structure constructed between 1709 and 1747 when Stanwood acquired a portion of a house from Ebenezer Smith.
2 Old England Road, the Captain Treadwell house (1748) - The Captain Treadwell house at 2 Old England Roiad was constructed in 1748, and features Georgian-era construction. Thomas Franklin Waters wrote that Captain Treadwell’s shis, “The Dolphin,” and “Hannah” sailed from the town wharves, where they loaded to Trinidad, St. Lucie, Point Petre and other West India ports.
48 North Main Street, the Thomas Morley house (c 1750, alt. 1845)) - This house and its northern neighbor, 50 North Main, were a single structure before 1845, when Thomas Morley bought the southern portion of that house, separated and rotated it 90° to present a gable end to the street, and finished it for his dwelling. Thomas Morley was an artist and taught painting in his school on … Continue reading 48 North Main Street, the Thomas Morley house (c 1750, alt. 1845))
57 High Street, the Stone – Rust – Abraham Lummus house (c 1750) - This cape saltbox was built by Robert Stone and has many original features, including vertical feather edge sheathing. William Rust bought the house in 1851 and his heirs occupied the estate into the 20th century. The separate workshop/barn on the northwest corner is believed to be a former cobbler shop, once connected to the house.
21 High Street, the Haskell – Lord house (c 1750) - This fine house was built circa 1750 by Mark Haskell, an Ipswich cabinet-maker. Haskell served as a Light House Volunteer during the Revolutionary War. Daniel Lord married Eunice, the daughter of Mark Haskell, and Haskell conveyed to him the house and an acre of land in 1767, which is the first registered deed.
53 Argilla Road, the Samuel Kinsman house (1750-77) - The Samuel Kinsman house at 53 Argilla Road appears as a late Georgian / early Federal period home, generally dated at 1750 with a 1777 wing on the east end. The front rooms in the main house have original interior sliding shutters. The dining room features exposed beams that are part of the 1750 post … Continue reading 53 Argilla Road, the Samuel Kinsman house (1750-77)
100 High Street, the Joseph Fowler house (1720 – 1756) - Joseph Fowler, a carpenter bought the lot in 1720. Records indicate that a house may have existed before Fowler obtained it. The house has a 1-1/2 story, gambrel roof with a central chimney and exposed “gunstock” posts.
11 Waldingfield Road, Captain Isaac Smith house “Applefield” (1759) - The Ipswich Historical Commission lists the construction date for the house at 11 Waldingfield Rd. in Ipswich as 1759 with the name “Applefield.” This lot was part of the farm of Samuel Appleton, early settler of Ipswich. The land and the old Appleton house were passed on through four generations of men by the name … Continue reading 11 Waldingfield Road, Captain Isaac Smith house “Applefield” (1759)
307 High Street, the Moses Jewett house (1759) - The Moses Jewett house at 307 High Street was built in 1759. The land was originally granted to Robert Mussey, who arrived with the original settlers of Ipswich in 1634. In his will dated 1642, he granted the farm to John, his eldest son. Another son, Robert was also owned land, “twenty acres on both sides … Continue reading 307 High Street, the Moses Jewett house (1759)
232 Argilla Road, the Patch-Brown-Crockett house (c 1760-85) - The Federal-style Patch House at 232 Argilla Road was built between 1760 and 1800. It is a short distance from Castle Hill, which was bequeathed to Ipswich founder John Winthrop Jr. In 1644 Castle Hill was sold by Winthrop to Samuel Symonds, who sold it in 1660 to his stepson Capt. Daniel Eppes, and it … Continue reading 232 Argilla Road, the Patch-Brown-Crockett house (c 1760-85)
7 South Village Green, the Col. John Baker House (1761) - Daniel Rogers sold his homestead to John Baker in 1761 and Baker built this house, which has much original material, including Georgian paneling and original fireplaces. This house is protected by a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
9 High Street, the Samuel Newman house (1762) - Joseph Newman built the house at 9 High Street in 1762. It was later owned by Samuel Newman. The present form of this house is composed of at least 3 structures, and the attic tells the story. It started out as a colonial home with a center chimney and center entrance.
38 North Main Street, the Old Post Office (1763) - This structure was built in 1763 as part of the historic Dr. John Manning property. Probably originally a barn or warehouse, it became the post office in 1790. This building also served as the shop of Daniel Rogers, a master gold and silversmith who later moved to Newport RI.
114 Topsfield Road, the Goodhue – Adams house (1763) - The home at 114 Topsfield Road is known as the Goodhue-Adams-Patch house. The Goodhue and Adams families were among the original settlers in Ipswich.
208 Topsfield Road, the Joseph and Judah Goodhue house (1767) - The house at 208 Topsfield Rd. on the Winthrop property in Ipswich was built in 1767. The rear section was added in 1810, and the 1834 Ipswich map shows the owner as Aaron Goodhue. 1810 addition. In 1872 the owner was W. Goodhue. Rice and Winthrop Anne Proctor married Charles G. Rice in October 1890. … Continue reading 208 Topsfield Road, the Joseph and Judah Goodhue house (1767)
43 High Street, the Fitts- Manning-Tyler house (1767) - This house is believed to have been built in 1767 at today’s 42 North Main Street. Sophia Tyler bought a lot on High St. in 1873 and removed the Fitts house to the property. Located between the Daniel and Jonathan Lummus houses, the three properties are on land that was originally granted to Thomas Dudley, governor of Massachusetts for four years, and Ann Bradstreet, America’s first poet.
36 North Main Street, the John Manning house (1769) - This house was built in 1769 by Doctor John Manning. It has one of the first preservation agreements in Ipswich, created by the Ipswich Heritage Trust. Dr. Manning was also an inventor and built an unsuccessful wind-driven woolen mill on the site of the present Caldwell Block next to the Choate Bridge. His second mill at the Willowdale Dam was more successful.
10 Washington St., the Mary Holmes – Captain John Lord house (b. 1770) - Captain John Lord house, 10 Washington St. The house was constructed before 1770 on N. Main St., and was moved to this location in 1860 by Michael Ready (Deed 607:206). The second floor was probably added at that time. The Isaac Flitchner house at 45 North Main Street sits on the former location of the Captain John Lord … Continue reading 10 Washington St., the Mary Holmes – Captain John Lord house (b. 1770)
5 Spring Street, the Henderson house (1770) - The John Henderson house at 5 Spring Street in Ipswich was constructed in 1770. Lucy Jones was born in Ipswich in 1724 to Nathaniel Jones and Rachel Bradford. She married John Henderson in 1751, but she died a year later. Gavin Keenan told the following story about an exciting event in 1969: “I was just a kid then, … Continue reading 5 Spring Street, the Henderson house (1770)
49 North Main Street, the John Chapman house (1770) - This house was built in 1770 by John Chapman a "leather breeches maker." In 1822 Captain Ephraim Kendall sold the house to Ebenezer and Daniel Russell, and throughout the rest of the 19th Century the house stayed in the Russell family.
30 East Street, the Jordan – Snelling – Potter house (c 1700) - John Potter purchased the lot in 1708 with all the buildings, including the “old house, new out-houses, etc.” Structural evidence reveals that the house was built in two stages, and that the west side is the earliest portion. The house was owned in the 1950’s by Hollie Bucklin who renovated the building so that it appears to be a medieval revival cross-gabled house.
83 High Street, the Isaac Lord house (before 1784) - Local legend is that the building at 83 High Street was once the town jail on Meeting House Green, and was moved to High Street and converted into the house we see today. However, in 1973 Margaret Welden documented the house for the Ipswich Historical Commission but was unable to find information identifying this house … Continue reading 83 High Street, the Isaac Lord house (before 1784)
8 Warren Street, the Harris – Grady house (1720-1772-1887) - In 1887, William Russell removed a house built in 1772 by James Harris at 12 High Street and built his Victorian house. The old house at that location was removed to 8 Warren St., in the ownership of David Grady, and expanded.
85 High Street, the Elizabeth and Phillip Lord house (1774) - This house was built about 1774 by Phillip Lord when he married the widowed Elizabeth Kimball Warner who owned the property. In 1832, the house was acquired by Benjamin Fewkes, who smuggled the first lace stocking machine into this country from England in 1818. He set up his hosiery shop In the rear of the house.
86 County Road, the Burnham – Brown house (1775) - The Burnham – Nathan Brown house at 86 County Road is a 1775 Second Period Colonial. This house was built in 1775 on a lot on Candlewood Rd., probably by Thomas Burnham. In 1821 Nathan Brown bought the house from Oliver Appleton, and 3 years later he removed it to its present site on County Rd. Brown … Continue reading 86 County Road, the Burnham – Brown house (1775)
65 Candlewood Road, the Rhoda Kinsman house (b 1776) - The Rhoda Kinsman House at 65 Candlewood Road has a gambrel roof with front and rear extensions. Jeremiah Kinsman died in 1818, and his will bequeathed the “Walker’s Island farm” to his sons Jeremiah and William in equal parts. Either Jeremiah or William or his son William Jr. built this house which was known as … Continue reading 65 Candlewood Road, the Rhoda Kinsman house (b 1776)
57 South Village Green, the Aaron Smith house (1776) - Aaron Smith was a clockmaker who apprenticed to Richard Manning, an early pioneer in the trade. Aaron Smith was engaged in his business before the American Revolution and was therefore prevented from joining the battle at Bunker Hill, since his services as a blacksmith were needed for the manufacture of bayonets. He built his Federal style … Continue reading 57 South Village Green, the Aaron Smith house (1776)
2 Turkey Shore, the Heard – Lakeman House (1776) - The Heard-Lakeman House at 2 Turkey Rd. in Ipswich, built in 1776, is one of the original 14 houses with Historical Committee covenants. The book “Something to Preserve” describes it as “a typical center-chimney dwelling of the mid-eighteenth century.” The interior contains fine raised-field paneling and a handsome Georgian stairway with turned balustrade. A very … Continue reading 2 Turkey Shore, the Heard – Lakeman House (1776)
315 Linebrook Road, the William Conant house (1777) - The William Conant house at 315 Linebrook Rd. was constructed between 1769 and 1777. The Conant family was one of the largest and most prominent families in Linebrook, particularly for its connection with several generations of William Conants. In 1983, the exterior was in poor condition and the interior had been partly dismantled. The house has … Continue reading 315 Linebrook Road, the William Conant house (1777)
14 Candlewood Road, the Joseph Brown and Elizabeth Perkins house (1779) - Elizabeth Brown, descendant of the early Candlewood settler John Brown, was the wife of Captain Perkin, and gained possession of this lot. In December, 1779, their daughter, Elizabeth, became the wife of Joseph Brown, of the same family line, who built this house. Their son, Gardiner A. Brown, acquired possession, and bequeathed to his son, … Continue reading 14 Candlewood Road, the Joseph Brown and Elizabeth Perkins house (1779)
35 Mill Road, the Captain William Warner house (1780) - The William Warner house was constructed in 1780. William Warner was the “clothier,” of Warner’s Mill at the triple stone arch bridge that connects Ipswich and Hamilton on Mill Rd. William Warner, 3*, Capt William as he was known in later life, succeeded his father in the fulling business, and his son Stephen purchased the property … Continue reading 35 Mill Road, the Captain William Warner house (1780)
61 Turnpike Road, the John Foster house (1780) - The Ipswich Historical Commission on March 15 placed a one-year delay on a demolition permit requested for the John Foster house.
321 High Street, the Aaron Jewett – Mark Cate house (1780) - The Aaron Jewett House at 321 High Street in Ipswich near the Rowley town line was built in 1780 and has many well-maintained historic elements, including the original beams and paneling, plus five fireplaces. The house was owned by several generations of farmers and served as “The Rose Tree Inn” in the early 1900’s. Take a virtual tour Aaron … Continue reading 321 High Street, the Aaron Jewett – Mark Cate house (1780)
437 Linebrook Road, the John, Silas and Allen Perley house (1784) - Original parts of the Allen Perley house at 437 Linebrook Rd. in Ipswich are listed by the Massachusetts Historical commission as having been constructed in 1784. The house was constructed at this location before the beginning of the 19th Century, and the first (middle) part of the structure is an older home that was moved from Rowley … Continue reading 437 Linebrook Road, the John, Silas and Allen Perley house (1784)
17 Argilla Road, the Samuel Wade – S. F. Canney house (1785) - The S. F. Canney house, 17 Argilla Rd. was built by Samuel Wade in 1845. The steep pitched gables are typical of the Gothic Revival style, popular between 1840 and 1865. Most surviving examples exist in northeastern states where architects first popularized the style. In 1849 Samuel Wade sold to Sylvia, Priscilla, and Mary Wade a … Continue reading 17 Argilla Road, the Samuel Wade – S. F. Canney house (1785)
107 Argilla Road, Argilla Farm (1785) - The Ipswich Historical Commission “Partial List of Historic Houses” prepared by Susan Nelson dates the house at 107 Argilla Rd. to 1785 with later alterations. Thomas Franklin Waters wrote the following for the Ipswich Historical Society in December 4, 1899: “Allen Baker built the substantial hip-roofed farm house nearby early in the present (19th) century. The Allen … Continue reading 107 Argilla Road, Argilla Farm (1785)
3 Newbury Road, the Philomen Foster house and barn (1787) - The Philomen Foster house at 2 Newbury Street is one of the most picturesque historic properties in Linebrook. This 18th century cape retains much of its Late Second Period character. The central five bays of the house are the earliest portion, built c. 1787. The left-hand (west) rooms were added in the early 1800s. Philomen Foster Sr. (b. … Continue reading 3 Newbury Road, the Philomen Foster house and barn (1787)
15 County Street, the Rev. Levi Frisbie house (1788) - This house at 15 County Street was built in 1788 for Rev. Levi Frisbie, pastor of First Church in Ipswich for thirty years.
9 Woods Lane, the Francis Merrifield – Mary Wade house (1792) - Francis Merrifield, Jr. bought this corner lot from his father in 1792 (155: 108), and built the gambrel cottage which stands on the bank above the road. Mary Wade, Jr., daughter of Col. Nathaniel Wade of Revolutionary War fame, bought the property in 1827 (251:83). She bequeathed her estate to her nephew, Francis H. Wade. … Continue reading 9 Woods Lane, the Francis Merrifield – Mary Wade house (1792)
11 Woods Lane, the Merrifield house (1792) - The original section of the large house at 11 Woods Lane was built in 1792 by American Revolution veteran Francis Merrifield, Jr. Merrifield was a veteran of the French and Indian War and served as a lieutenant in Capt. Nathaniel Wade’s Co. during the Revolutionary War. Merrifield had 13 children, and also built the Mary Wade … Continue reading 11 Woods Lane, the Merrifield house (1792)
66 High Street, the John Harris house (1795) - This house was built in 1795 by John Harris. In 1784 John Heard convinced the town that if it would buy John Harris' previous home at the corner of High and Manning, he would provide $400 annually for the care of the poor.
The Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street - The Heard House at 59 South Main Street, near the South Green, was purchased by the Ipswich Historical Society from the Heard family in 1939. With the additional space, the Society was able to expand its program to showcase later centuries of Ipswich history including a collection of works by the nineteenth century “Ipswich Painters, … Continue reading The Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street
52 N. Main Street, the Treadwell – Hale house (1799) - This building is believed to have been built after the land was sold to Nathaniel Treadwell 3rd in 1799. He transferred to Joseph Hale one month later. There is a stone cooking hearth in the basement of the house, which is protected by a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
19 North Main Street, Thomas Manning house (1799) - This house was built by John Heard for his daughter in 1799. Dr. Thomas Manning and other members of his family lived in the house until 1858, when it became a parsonage. This house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission. Protected elements include: Exterior front and side … Continue reading 19 North Main Street, Thomas Manning house (1799)