“Why and when the name was given is largely a matter of conjecture. Pastor Higginson of Salem wrote to friends in England of the primitive way in which the earliest settlers often lighted their houses by burning thin strips of the pitch pine trees. The suggestion is natural that this fine farming country was originally covered with a pine forest and that it was of so clear grain and so rich in pitch that it furnished the light for many homes.

The more prosaic name “The South Eighth” prevailed years ago. Strictly speaking, the ancient neighborhood to which the name was originally applied centered about the corner where the Essex road and the Candlewood road divide, but for convenience sake, its bounds will be stretched and it will be taken as including the whole region east of the Old Bay road and south of the road to Argilla.”

Map of Candlewood, with modern road names added
Map of Candlewood, with modern road names added. “Fellows Lane” is believed to be the short road at #34, now known as “Parson’s Way.”

On the east side of the Bay Road, the great tract of pasture, tillage land, meadow and swamp, bounded by the Bay Road, Essex Road, the Candlewood Road, Fellows Lane and Lakeman’s Lane (*now known as “Parson’s Way) was a part of the Common land of the Town, and when the great area of Common lands was divided into Eighths in 1709, it became part of the division known as the South Eighth and was known as The Inner Common of the South Eighth. About 1720, the proprietors of the Inner Common apportioned individual shares, division lines were  run and individual titles were then established.

*From  Candlewood, an Ancient Neighborhood in Ipswich, Massachusetts, written by Thomas Franklin Waters, with genealogies of John Brown, William Fellows, and Robert Kinsman)

27 Lakeman’s Benjamin Fellows 1740 Read
16 Fellows Rd Ruth Fellows 1714 Read
24 Fellows Rd Fellows-Appleton 1693 Read
44 Fellows Rd Joseph Fellows Jr 1734
14 Candlewood Perkins – Brown  1779 Read
36 Candlewood Martin Keith 1806 Read
41 Candlewood Boardman 1750 Read
49 Candlewood Robert Kinsman 1721 Read
59 Candlewood Jeremiah Kinsman 1756 Read
65 Candlewood Rhoda Kinsman 1756 Read

Martin Keith house, Candlewood Rd. Ipswich MAMartin Keith House, 36 Candlewood Rd

The Martin Keith House (1807) is a fine Federal era specimen that stood for two decades near Rock Village in Middleborough Massachusetts. The home was built by housewright Aaron Simmons Sherman of Marshfield. Continue reading

rhoda_kinsman_1900Rhoda Kinsman house, 65 Candlewood

The 2nd period Rhoda Kinsman House at 65 Candlewood Road was built in 1756 and has a gambrel roof with front and rear extensions from a later period. Jeremiah Kinsman died in 1818, and his will bequeathed the “Walker’s Island farm” to his sons Jeremiah and William in equal parts. Continue reading

The house at 14 Candlewood Rd.Perkins – Brown Farm, 14 Candlewood Road

The  Perkins – Brown Farm at 14 Candlewood Road sits on 17 acres of land. It is believed to have been built in 1779. Continue reading

candlewood_41_isaac_fellowsBoardman house, 41 Candlewood Road

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 Fellows house. Continue reading

The Robert Kinsman houseRobert Kinsman House, 49 Candlewood Road

Robert Kinsman constructed this First Period house in 1714.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. Continue reading

candlewood_59_kinsmanJeremiah Kinsman House, 59 Candlewood Road

The Jeremiah Kinsman house was built in 1752. Several members of the Kinsman family lived in this neighborhood close to the Essex town line. The home was built by Stephen Kinsman for his son Jeremiah and is known as the Jeremiah Kinsman house.  Continue reading.

Fellows-Appleton house, 24 Fellows Road, elements built in 1693Fellows – Appleton House, 24 Fellows Road

The Joseph Fellows – Daniel W. Appleton House at 24 Fellows Road was built before 1693. It was moved to this location and greatly altered in 1832, with further alterations after that. William Fellows was one of the early settlers of Ipswich,and his son Joseph greatly expanded the estate along Fellows and Candlewood Roads. Continue reading

Ruth fellows house, 16 Fellows Road,  built in 1714Ruth Fellows house, 16 Fellows Road

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. Continue reading

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