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50 North Main Street, the James Brown house (1700 / 1721) - The James Brown house at 50 North Main Street in Ipswich was built about 1700, and altered in 1720 (1st / 2nd Period). In 1721, Stephen Perkins, a shopkeeper and James Brown, a yeoman, bought from Thomas Lovell, currier (39:61) a house on a large lot that extended from North Main St. to High St. There had been … Continue reading 50 North Main Street, the James Brown house (1700 / 1721)
95 High Street, the Simon and Hannah Adams house (1700) - Simon Adams was born in Ipswich on 1655 to William Adams and Elizabeth Stacy (source). Simon Adams was a weaver by trade and a soldier in the campaign against “King Phillip”, the hostile Indian chief and his followers at Narragansett. The Simon Adams house at 95 High Street in Ipswich was built in approximately 1700. The … Continue reading 95 High Street, the Simon and Hannah Adams house (1700)
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 (1700) - Despite the early ownership records, there are no indications of First Period construction in this house at 2 Poplar Street. A Federal-era hip roof was replaced by a Mansard roof in the mid-1800s to give it a third floor. The building is known as Swasey’s Tavern, after the town moderator General Swasey who famously fell dead … Continue reading 2 Poplar Street, Swasey Tavern (1700)
80 East Street, the Perkins – Hodgkins House (c 1700) - The First Period 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 and modernized over the years, but the original asymetrical structure continues to anchor the corner with Jeffreys Neck Road. Notable are the cellar joists, which are laid sideways instead … Continue reading 80 East Street, the Perkins – Hodgkins House (c 1700)
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) - Benjamin Dutch was born in 1664 to Robert Dutch and Mary Kimball. Benjamin married Elizabeth Baker and had one child. This Benjamin Dutch appeared to have died in his late 20’s, but records are unclear. His widow Elizabeth then married John Appleton, and he had a son named Benjamin born in 1702. Another  Benjamin Dutch, … Continue reading 9 County Street, the Benjamin Dutch house (1705)
2 North Main Street, the John Appleton house (1707) - The John Appleton House, 2 North Main Street: Colonel John Appleton (son of  Samuel Appleton, an immigrant) acquired the lot which is now the northwest corner of North Main St. and Central St.  in 1707 after commanding a regiment in the expedition against Port Royal. He and his father Samuel Appleton were leaders in the effort of the … Continue reading 2 North Main Street, the John Appleton house (1707)
Matthew Perkins house, 8 East Street, built in 1709 8 East Street, the Captain Matthew Perkins house (1710) - The Captain Matthew Perkins House at 8 East St. in Ipswich was the winner of the 1991 Mary Conley Award. The house dates to about 1710 and was formerly known as the Norton-Corbett House. The 1st period 2-story structure has a timber frame, clapboard siding, an elaborate pilastered chimney, a rear ell, post-medieval overhangs front … Continue reading 8 East Street, the Captain Matthew Perkins house (1710)
45 High Street, the John Lummus house (1712) - Jonathan Lummus 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 (24:236). This parcel had originally been granted to Thomas Dudley, Governor of Massachusetts. It is believed that Lummus built his new house soon after … Continue reading 45 High Street, the John Lummus house (1712)
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 used to say that the ghost of Harry Maine haunted the house that once sat where the garage for this house now stands.  All the ministers of the Town assembled there one day and prayed, … Continue reading 32 Water Street, the Jabesh Sweet house (1713)
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 an … 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 large hip roof house in 1715 after selling two smaller lots on East Street. The 2 story, L-plan house has a nearly symmetrical 5 bay facade. The interior and exterior reflect long progression of 18th and 19th century alteration. Captain Samuel York owned this lot before 1718, and the earliest … Continue reading 36 Water Street, the York – Averill House (1715)
106 High St. the Caleb Kimball house (1715) - The Caleb Kimball house, or the“House with Orange Shutters” as it is commonly known, is at 106 High Street in Ipswich and was built between 1690 and 1715 (1st period) The orange shutters have become a long tradition. The owner has maintained the left inside as a First Period home, with exposed beams and a large fireplace. … Continue reading 106 High St. the Caleb Kimball house (1715)
104 High Street, the John Kimball house (1715) - The John Kimball house, 104 High St. was  built in 1715 and 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 house at 77 High St. was built by John Kimball Sr., who died in 1698.  The house at 110 High St. is … Continue reading 104 High Street, the John Kimball house (1715)
59 South Main Street, the Philomen Dean house (1716) - The Philomen Dean house, 59 South Main is on the right after crossing the footbridge. The house dates to 1716, with a gambrel roof, somewhat unusual for the time. Sarah Ordway, relict of Samuel Ordway the blacksmith whose house and shop were the only early buildings at this location,  sold the four rod lot and the six rod … Continue reading 59 South Main Street, the Philomen Dean house (1716)
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) - “The Foster-Grant House” at 39 Summer Street was built in 1717 and has many well-preserved original First Period elements. The photo below shows the fireplace and summer beam in the house.  View a slideshow of this house.
11 Summer Street, the Nathaniel Hovey house (1718) - The Nathaniel Hovey house at 11 Summer Street was built in 1718, the First Period of construction. The uneven layout of the front suggests that it was originally built as a half house and expanded. The ell on the left side appears to be a modification of a Beverly Jog. View MACRIS The Hovey family … Continue reading 11 Summer Street, the Nathaniel Hovey house (1718)
5 County Street, the Rindge-Pinder-Leatherland house (1718) - According to Thomas Franklin Waters’ map of settler land grants, the lot at 5 County Street was granted to or purchased by John Warner. Abraham Hammatt wrote about the Warner family: “William Warner with his two sons, John and Daniel, and one daughter who married Thomas Wells, came from England and settled in Ipswich, in the … Continue reading 5 County Street, the Rindge-Pinder-Leatherland house (1718)
15 Summer Street, the Jonathan Pulcifer house (1718) - Jonathan Pulcifer (Pulsifer) built this house in 1718 on Summer Street, one of the “oldest ways” in Ipswich. He was probably the son of Benedict Pulsifer, an early settler of Ipswich who died in 1695. There was also a John Pulsifer who settled in Gloucester about the same time. The probably son of the builder … Continue reading 15 Summer Street, the Jonathan Pulcifer house (1718)
43 Summer Street, the Wilcomb-Pinder house (1718) - This timber-framed First Period house was built in 1718 by William Wilcomb at 43 Summer St. in Ipwich. The interior of the home features hand-hewn summer beams, wide plank flooring and the original fireplaces. An Ipswich Historic Commission plaque identifies the house. Out on Jeffreys Neck, William Willcomb operated a fishing stage, a small building and … Continue reading 43 Summer Street, the Wilcomb-Pinder house (1718)
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) - The Ringe – Lord house at 59 East Street in Ipswich is a one-room-deep Georgian home at the corner created by the intersection of Water Street and East Street. Its origin has been dated between 1815 and 1832 under the ownership of A.P. Lord, but Thomas Franklin Waters recorded that Daniel Ringe built the house in the early 1700’s, which would be … Continue reading 59 East Street, the Daniel Ringe house (1719)
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) - The house at 73 High Street is named after Nathaniel Lord who graduated from Harvard and spent 36 years as the Register of Probate in the Ipswich Court. His sons all entered the legal profession and one followed him in the same position. In 1824 General Lafayette visited our town and was met by a crowd … Continue reading 73 High Street, the Nathaniel Lord house (C 1720)
46 Summer Street, the James Foster house (1720) - The James Foster House at 46 Summer Street was built in 1720. The roofline shows that it was once a smaller house, later doubled in size and remodeled to appear Georgian, with the two chimneys, dormers and a symmetrical front. He bought this former orchard land from Nathaniel Clark who moved to Newbury. The original … Continue reading 46 Summer Street, the James Foster house (1720)
Nathaniel Hodgkins house, Turkey Shore Road 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) - The Stephen Boardman house at the corner of Turkey Shore and Labor in Vain Roads was built between 1720 and 1725. The late First Period home is a 2 story, end gable house, timber frame house with clapboard siding. The wide pine board floors in the house are original, and 4 restored fireplaces share a central chimney. … Continue reading 67 Turkey Shore Road, the Stephen Boardman house (1720)
3 Summer Street, the Benjamin Kimball house (c 1720, alt. 1803) - At 3 Summer Street is the Benjamin Kimball House, a 1720 two-story, end gable building with a center chimney. The core of this house, probably a 2 room cape, was 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 … Continue reading 3 Summer Street, the Benjamin Kimball house (c 1720, alt. 1803)
37 High Street, Lord – Baker House (1720) - A house stood on this lot before 1682, when Abraham Perkins sold the property to Robert Lord. The house at 37 High St. 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. He probably kept his … Continue reading 37 High Street, Lord – Baker House (1720)
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) - The house at 30 High Street in Ipswich was built by Joseph Bolles, a carpenter. Bolles purchased the neighboring Phillip Call lot in 1710 from his father-in-law Nathaniel Lord, and 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. Joseph Fowler had obtained the pre-existing dwelling … Continue reading 30 High Street, the Joseph Bolles house (1722)
The Benjamin Grant house, County Street in Ipswich MA 47 County Street, the Benjamin Grant house (1723) - The Benjamin Grant House at 47 County Street in Ipswich was built in 1735, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is 2 1/2 story end-gable house with a one room deep front section and a rear lean-to. The front of the house is slightly asymmetrical, suggesting that it might … Continue reading 47 County Street, the Benjamin Grant house (1723)
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) - Robert Muzzy was one of the first settlers in Ipswich and was admitted a freeman on September 3, 1634. Benjamin Dutch bought property from his estate on the west side of the intersection of Summer Street with County Street, and built his house at 9 Summer Street. In 1718 he sold Samuel Harris the lot at … Continue reading 11 County Street, the Bennett – Caldwell house (1725)
18 East Street, the Dodge house (1725) - The Dodge House at 18 East St. was built in 1725 and is a 2nd Period 2 story house protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the town of Ipswich.  Protected elements include the front and side facades including the Beverly jog, Center brick chimney and original fabric of the four fireplaces, wide … Continue reading 18 East Street, the Dodge house (1725)
14 East Street, the Baker – Newman house (1725) - The Baker-Newman house at 14 East St. was built in 1725 and is an early 2nd Period 2-story, end gable half house with a Beverly jog. John Baker was granted a section of the land extending down East Street to Spring Street, originally granted to Rev. Cobbet. His son John Baker Jr. sold eight acres with … Continue reading 14 East Street, the Baker – Newman house (1725)
3 High Street, the John Gaines house (1725) - The John Gaines house at 3 High St. is a 1725 frame building remodeled in 1806 with McIntire-type Federal trim and detail found particularly in the two front first-floor rooms. The following text is from the book, “Something to Preserve” by the Ipswich Historical Commission: “The left hand first-floor front room has an outstanding Mcintire-type … Continue reading 3 High Street, the John Gaines house (1725)
115 High Street, the Baker – Sutton house (1725) - The Baker-Sutton House at 115 High Street in Ipswich was built in 1725 and displays late 1st period to 2nd period Georgian architectural elements. The antiques business that operates from this house features period pieces. This lot was first owned by Haniel Bosworth, a cowherd. His widow, Abigail, sold the dwelling in 1702 to William Baker (16:61). Baker probably … Continue reading 115 High Street, the Baker – Sutton house (1725)
16 County Street, the Abraham Knowlton house (1726) - This home at 16 County St. was built circa 1725-26. Capt. Abraham Knowlton was a jointer and a member of the woodworkers fraternity in 18th century Ipswich. The work of these artisans was very sophisticated according to Sue Nelson, who wrote Capt. Abraham Knowlton, Joiner, and the Seminal Woodworkers of Ipswich, Massachusetts. The house was … Continue reading 16 County Street, the Abraham Knowlton house (1726)
Josephy Manning house, South Main Street, Ipswich 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. Ownership of the store 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 a dwelling … Continue reading 31 South Main Street, the Joseph Manning house (1727)
1 High Street, the Nathaniel Rogers Old Manse (1727) - The following is taken from “A Walking Tour and Brief History of Early Ipswich Massachusetts” produced by the Ipswich Visitors Center, Marjorie Robie and William Varrell. The Olde Manse at 1 High St. is a 2 story, gambrel-roofed house with a wood frame and clapboards. The 5 bay front is symmetrical, and the house is … Continue reading 1 High Street, the Nathaniel Rogers Old Manse (1727)
Wainwright-Treadwell house, East St., Ipswich MA 62 East Street, the Wainwright – Treadwell House (1727) - Thomas Treadwell arrived in New England in 1635 with his wife and infant son Thomas. Excerpts from his will read that in 1671 he bequeathed to the junior Thomas his property on “Treadwell’s Island” between Labor in Vain Creek and Fox Creek. To his son Nathaniel he gave half of his upland house, barn and … Continue reading 62 East Street, the Wainwright – Treadwell House (1727)
88 County Road, the Col. Nathaniel Wade House (1727) - The Nathaniel Wade House at 88 County Road in Ipswich is one of the original 16 houses that have preservation agreements (“covenants”) with the Ipswich Historical Commission. The house was built in 1727 by Captain Thomas Wade. The Wade brothers, Jonathan and Thomas, owned nearly, if not all, the land in the area from Argilla … Continue reading 88 County Road, the Col. Nathaniel Wade House (1727)
Glazier-Sweet house, 12 Water St. 12 Water Street, the Glazier – Sweet house (1728) - The Glazier – Sweet House at 12 Water Street in Ipswich is a First Period Half-House built in 1728 by Benjamin Glazier, a sea captain. Like many colonial homes in Ipswich it has a “Beverly jog” on the left side. The Ipswich River is directly across from the house. The interior features many period-style furnishings. … Continue reading 12 Water Street, the Glazier – Sweet house (1728)
58 North Main Street, the Captain Richard Rogers House (1728) - The Capt. Richard Rogers House at 58 North Main Street in Ipswich is significant because of its fine Georgian style.  Richard Rogers descended from  Nathaniel Rogers who lived on the South Green. The house was built in 1728 about the time of the Rogers’ Manse across High Street. The central hallway with a closed string-course balustrade and … Continue reading 58 North Main Street, the Captain Richard Rogers House (1728)
110 High Street, the John Kimball Jr. house (1730) - The John Kimball Jr. house  at 110 High Street in Ipswich was built in 1730. It is 2 story, asymmetrical, with the eastern half of earlier construction. High Street originally continued past this house until the first bridge over the railroad tracks was constructed in 1906. From 1900 when the first trolleys came to town till … Continue reading 110 High Street, the John Kimball Jr. house (1730)
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) - The Burnham-Patch House at 1 Turkey Shore Road in Ipswich has one of the original covenants established with the Ipswich Historical Commission. It is believed to have been built in 1730 based on the early Georgian paneling, but in the book “Something to Preserve” it is described as “much more difficult to date than the Heard-Lakeman dwelling” … Continue reading 1 Turkey Shore Road, the Burnham-Patch-Day house (1730)
69 S. Main Street, the Samuel Dutch house (b 1733) - Samuel Dutchbought this land in 1723 and built this house by 1733. The main (front) portion of the house facing the street appears to have been modified and 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 … Continue reading 69 S. Main Street, the Samuel Dutch house (b 1733)
Joseph Fellows Jr. house, Ipswich MA 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) - The Stacey-Ross house at 20 Market Street in Ipswich was built in 1734. The Stacey-Ross house is unique as a surviving early eighteenth-century building that was moved 100 years after its construction, and still survives in its “new” home on Market Street almost 175 years after its move. In 1733 John Stacey ” being incapable … Continue reading 20 Market Street, the Stacey-Ross house (1734)
108 High St., the Dow-Harris house (1735) - The Dow-Harris house at 108 High St. was built in 1735. It has been used as a single-family residence, and as the Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church parsonage. The 1832 “Philander” Ipswich Village map shows the name on this house as “Ebenezer Harris,” and “E. Harris” is shown on subsequent maps through 1884. It is now the … Continue reading 108 High St., the Dow-Harris house (1735)
12 North Main Street, Treadwell’s Inn (1737) - Written history and oral traditions indicate that the house at 12 North Main Street was built in the early 18th Century and was Nathaniel Treadwell’s Inn. It was also said to have been the historic Sparke’s Tavern, but that location is now believed to be the Ebenezer Stanwood house next door. In 1737, Captain Nathaniel Treadwell “inn holder” (1700 – 1777) … Continue reading 12 North Main Street, Treadwell’s Inn (1737)
Day-Dodge house, 57 North Main, Ipswich MA 57 North Main Street, the Day-Dodge House (1737) - The Ipswich Historical Commission presented the 2008 Mary P. Conley Preservation Award to Craig and Grace Hanson, owners of the Day-Dodge House. The unusual double house is at the corner of North Main and East Streets, with two entrances and asymmetrical bays. The side facing East Street and may be a reused barn or similar structure from around 1640-1660. Thomas … Continue reading 57 North Main Street, the Day-Dodge House (1737)
27 East St., Ipswich MA 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)
Thomas Treadwell house, 7 Summer Street, the Thomas Treadwell house (C 1740) - There is no record of when the Treadwells acquired this property but stylistic evidence dictates a second period attribution. 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 … Continue reading 7 Summer Street, the Thomas Treadwell house (C 1740)
68 High Street, the John Wood – Lord house (c 1740) - John Wood bought this corner lot in 1719 (35:156), and inherited his father Samuel’s adjoining lot in 1738.  John Wood married Martha Ringe, who was widowed with small children after her husband Daniel disappeared in 1727 while on a fishing expedition to Penobscot Bay, attacked by Indians. Under Puritan law an adult unmarried woman was a … Continue reading 68 High Street, the John Wood – Lord house (c 1740)
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. Thomas Franklin Waters wrote about the history of this lot: Richard Hubbard owned a goodly two acre tract bounded by Stony St., as it was then called, County St. and East St. … Continue reading 10 County Street, the Dennis – Dodge House (1740)
Stephen Smith farm, Argilla Rd. 168 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 … Continue reading 168 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 finisht standing there” to Daniel Ringe (84:201). The Hollands were a seafaring family. Another example of the common Ipswich type, the half-house, the Holland-Ringe House retains important original decorative trim. Daniel Ringe … Continue reading 42 High Street, the Holland-Ringe house (c 1742)
38 East St. Ipswich MA 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 St. 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  second period, though the majority of its early detailing is concealed.
8 North Main St, the Ebenezer Stanwood House (1747) - The Ebenezer Stanwood house at 8 North Main Street is listed with the Ipswich Historical Commission as built in 1747. The house was recently renovated with a new addition added to the rear. The front of the building is of Second Period (Georgian) construction. Some period details remain, including original doors, hardware, molding, mantels & floors. … Continue reading 8 North Main St, the Ebenezer Stanwood House (1747)
Captain Treadwell house, 2 Old England Road, Ipswich MA 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.
Thomas Morley house, 48 North Main St., Ipswich MA 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) - The 1750 cape saltbox at 57 High Street was built by Robert Stone and has many original features including wide pine floors. The separate workshop/barn  on the northwest corner is believed to be a former cobbler shop, once connected to the house. The first deed mentioning this little “Cape” dates to 1807 (182:292), when Robert Stone … Continue reading 57 High Street, the Stone – Rust – Abraham Lummus house (c 1750)
21 High Street, the Haskell – Lord house (c 1750) - The house at 21 High Street is said to be on the site of the home built by early settler Robert Lord who arrived in late 1634. Robert Lord was born in Sudbury, England in 1603 and was one of the earliest settlers of Ipswich, arriving in late 1634 or early 1635 with his wife … Continue reading 21 High Street, the Haskell – Lord house (c 1750)
Samuel Kinsman house, 53 Argilla Rd., Ipswich 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 (1756) - The  plaque on the Joseph Fowler house at 100 High Street states that it was built in 1756, but that is not completely certain. Fowler was a carpenter and bought the lot in 1720. Records indicated that the house may have existed on this spot before Fowler obtained it, although at least one old timer long … Continue reading 100 High Street, the Joseph Fowler house (1756)
Pulsifer house, Waldingfield Rd., Ipswich MA 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)
Moses Jewett house, 307 High St. 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) - The land on which this house sits was given to Nathaniel Rogers, the second minister in Ipswich. Daniel Rogers sold the Rogers homestead to John Baker in 1761 (110:94), and Baker built the present house. The house has much original material, including Georgian paneling. Col. John Baker took an active part in the leadership of … Continue reading 7 South Village Green, the Col. John Baker House (1761)
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. Photos on the right are a timeline of aesthetic improvements to the front facade and landscape over the past few decades. The present form of this house is composed of at least 3 structures, and the attic … Continue reading 9 High Street, the Samuel Newman house (1762)
38 North Main Street, the Old Post Office (1763) - The Old Post Office at 38 North Main Street was built in 1763 and is part of the historic Dr. John Manning property. Probably originally built as 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 … Continue reading 38 North Main Street, the Old Post Office (1763)
114 Topsfield Road, the Goodhue – Adams house (1763) - The Second Period 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. William Goodhue was one of the five Ipswich men arrested in a 1687 protest against taxation without representation that gave Ipswich the title “Birthplace of Independence.” From “The Hammatt … Continue reading 114 Topsfield Road, the Goodhue – Adams house (1763)
Goodue Rice Winthrop house Topsfield Rd. Ipswich MA 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) - The James Fitts -Nathaniel Manning-Tyler 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 (886:62) and removed the Fitts house to the property. In 1965 the house was extensively renovated. Located between the Daniel Lummus house and the Jonathan … Continue reading 43 High Street, the Fitts- Manning-Tyler house (1767)
Dr. John Manning house, North Main Street, Ipswich 36 North Main Street, the John Manning house (1769) - The John Manning House at 36 North Main Street was built in 1769 by Doctor John Manning. It has one of the first preservation agreements in Ipswich, created by the Ipswich Heritage Trust and now administered by the Ipswich Historical Commission. Manning was a pioneer in the development of a smallpox vaccine. When he drove … Continue reading 36 North Main Street, the John Manning house (1769)
10 Washington St. 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) - The John Chapman house at 49 North Main Street in Ipswich was built in 1770. John Chapman was a “leather breeches maker,” possibly the only one of that trade in the town at the time, and he felt his business warranted building a spacious home. Richard Sutton also practiced the trade. Breeches were a standard … Continue reading 49 North Main Street, the John Chapman house (1770)
30 East Street, the Jordan – Snelling – Potter house (c 1700) - A Publication of the Ipswich Historical Society refers to this as the John Potter House, at that time a well-preserved old mansion beneath the spreading elms on the corner of East street and “Hog Lane,” later known as Spring St. “This lot was owned in 1648 by Francis Jordan, the town-whipper, whose gruesome business it … Continue reading 30 East Street, the Jordan – Snelling – Potter house (c 1700)
83 High Street, the Old Jail (1771) - The Old Gaol, 83 High Street was built in 1771 at the location of the David Kimball house on Meetinghouse Green.  Rev. David T. Kimball bought the property in 1808 when the jail was found inadequate. The building was moved to High St.   An old plan depicts a two story building with a gambrel roof. … Continue reading 83 High Street, the Old Jail (1771)
8 Warren Street, the Harris – Grady house (1772; 1887) - It is believed that this house has some first period construction elements dating to approximately 1720. Thomas Franklin Waters wrote that in 1887, William Russell removed a house built in 1772 by James Harris at 12 High Street and built his Victorian house. In “A Walking Tour of Ipswich” by Marge Robie and William Varrell we … Continue reading 8 Warren Street, the Harris – Grady house (1772; 1887)
85 High Street, the Elizabeth and Phillip Lord house (1774) - The Elizabeth and Phillip Lord house is at 85 High Street in Ipswich. The following is an updated excerpt from a story written by Alice Keeton in “Ipswich Yesterday” : The house was built about 1774 by Mr. Phillip Lord when he married the widowed Elizabeth Kimball Warner who owned the property. We must state right here that this … Continue reading 85 High Street, the Elizabeth and Phillip Lord house (1774)
Burnham-Brown house, 86 County Rd., Ipswich MA 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)
313_linebrook, Ipswich MA William Conant house 313 Linebrook Road, the William Conant house (1777) - The William Conant house at 313 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 313 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)
William Warner house, 35 Mill Rd. Ipswich MA 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)
Linebrook Rd. deserted house, Ipswich MA 61 Turnpike Road, the John Foster house (1780) - Directly across from Wolf Hill Garden Center at the corner of Linebrook Road and Rt. 1 (61 Turnpike Road) is an uninhabited building known as the Corporal John Foster Inn. The original construction is dated at about 1780, although the name of the original builder is uncertain. Stories told about John Foster and the tavern he … Continue reading 61 Turnpike Road, the John Foster house (1780)
Jewett-Cate house 321 High St. 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 Commision 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)
Samuel Wade - S. F. Canney housse, 17 Argilla Rd. 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)
Argilla Farm 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. between 1734 and 1785 with later alterations. However, 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) … 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 and is Federal in style. Rev. Levi Frisbie was Rev. Lev. Frisbie, who was installed as pastor of First Church in Ipswich on Feb. 7, 1776. He remained in that post for thirty years, and this was his home. Thomas Franklin Waters wrote about the history of … Continue reading 15 County Street, the Rev. Levi Frisbie house (1788)
The Mary Wade house, 9 Woods Lane, Ipswich MA 9 Woods Lane, the Francis Merrifield – Mary Wade house (1792) - Francis Merrifield Jr. built this dwelling on the lot he purchased in 1792, and his heirs sold the house and land to Mary Wade Jr., Aug. 21, 1827.  She bequeathed her estate to lier nephew, Francis H. Wade.
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. One of its unique features is the cooking fireplace on the second floor. This was the home of Vivian Endicott, who at the age of 90 was still active in Ipswich town committees. … Continue reading 11 Woods Lane, the Merrifield house (1792)
66 High Street, the John Harris house (1795) - The Georgian style John Harris – Mark Jewett House at 66 High Street in Ipswich was built in 1795 by builder John Harris. In 1784 the town poorhouse on Loney’s lane had fallen into disrepair, and John Heard convinced the town that if it would buy John Harris’ previous home at the corner of High and Manning, he … Continue reading 66 High Street, the John Harris house (1795)
54 South Main St., the Heard House (Ipswich Museum, 1795) - The Heard house on South Main Street is a Federal-style structure built in 1795 by wealthy John Heard. Before the Revolutionary War he had invested in the rum factory on Turkey Shore Road along the river bank where they unloaded barrels of West Indies molasses, and he later helped start the Ipswich Mills. His son Augustine Heard … Continue reading 54 South Main St., the Heard House (Ipswich Museum, 1795)
52 N. Main Street, the Treadwell – Hale house (1799) - The building has been used in the past as a general store and currently as a single family home. The Ipswich assessors site lists the construction date as 1759, but it is believed to have been built after the land was sold to Nathaniel Treadwell 3rd on Feb. 8, 1799. The Ipswich Historical Commission named this … Continue reading 52 N. Main Street, the Treadwell – Hale house (1799)
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)