The Eastern Railroad ran from Boston to Portland, continuing to Canada and was the primary competition of the Boston and Maine Railroad until it was acquired by the B&M in the late 1880’s to become the B&M’s Eastern Division. The Ipswich Depot sat at the location of the Institution for Savings at Depot Square.
Depot Square postcard
The Hayes Hotel is the red building in this postcard of the Ipswich Depot around the beginning of the 20th Century.
The Ipswich Depot
Eastern Railroad engine # 4 at Ipswich, 1882
Train approaching the mills
Depot Square closeup from the 1893 Birdseye Map of Ipswich
In 1866 the Eastern International House was built by the Eastern Railroad at Depot Square in Ipswich, approximately where the Institution for Savings bank now sits. The Eastern International House was moved to Central Street and is now a condominium.
Hoax photo by Ipswich photographer George Dexter, 1908
Between the time the Depot was demolished and the Ipswich Co-op built their bank, John Pechilis’ Strand Furniture sat at this location. Lee J. Pechilis was the son of John and Eva Pechilis and as a young man he was employed at Strand Furniture. Following the store’s closure, Lee and his former wife Brenda re-opened it as the Pechilis Family Furniture Store on Central Street, which closed in 1991.
The Institution for Savings now anchors the corner of Market Street and Depot Square
Teddy Roosevelt on the campaign trail stops at the Ipswich Train Depot in 1912. The old Damon Block, which was destroyed by fire, is in the background. The present day Market Place stands on the site today. Thanks to Fran Richards for photo and text.