Maple Street in IpswichRoads

Maple Ave.

1910 Ipswich map showing Maple Street
1910 Ipswich map showing Maple Street

Maple Street first appears in the 1884 Ipswich map, without houses. A white arrow in the photo above points to the house still standing at 6 Maple Street, with a horse in front. The photo was taken from Town Hill by Edward Darling, around 1890. In the foreground are houses still standing on High Street. On the far left of the photo is the old Lord Square fire station and the Payne School, bright white. Behind them you can see the train tracks. Several houses are seen behind it on Washington Street. The hillside behind was still primarily farmland. By 1910, the Ipswich map shows the street completely filled. The house indicated by the arrow is shown as #6 and #8, apparently designed as a duplex, belong to G. Tozier.

Sometime after 1910 the name was changed to Maple Avenue. View a list of Maple St. residents from the 1910 Ipswich Census

View of Maple Avenue from the hill behind High St.
View of Maple Avenue and Mount Pleasant from the hill behind High St.

Information below was provided by the Ipswich Historical Commission in the 1980’s, and link to black and white images at the MACRIS site. Color photos are from the Ipswich Patriot Properties database.

3 Maple Avenue, Ipswich
IPS.320, Harland and Blanche Burke house, 3 Maple Ave, 1916. This house was built between 1916 and 1919 for Hariand and Blanche Burke. Hariand Burke was a superintendent at F.L. Burke & Son, heel manufacturers whose factory was at Brown Square. Prior to construction of the house, land on which it stands was part of a larger lot at 5 Maple Street belonging to G. Baxter.
4 Maple Avenue, Ipswich
IPS.321, Arthur H. and Madeline H. Tozer house, 4 Maple Ave., built between 1910 and 1916. Arthur Tozer was a music teacher for the public schools and apparently worked out of his home. Prior to construction of this house, land on which it stands was part of a larger parcel belonging to G. Tozier
5 Maple Avenue, Ipswich
IPS.322, Baxter, G. – Campbell Frank House, 5 Maple Ave, 1890.
6-8 Maple Avenue, Ipswich
George Tozier house, 6-8 Maple Street, circa 1890.
7 Maple Avenue, Ipswich
IPS.323, Nason, Fred A. House, 7 Maple Ave, 1896. This house was built between 1897 and 1900 for Fred A. Nason. From 1897 into the 1910s, Nason is listed in town directories as a traveling salesman. Prior to 1897 he was a shoe salesman in a local store.
16 Maple Avenue, Ipswich
IPS.324, Bodwell, William H. House, 16 Maple Ave, 1890. As late as 1888 there was no house on this site. By 1891 this house appears on maps under the ownership of William H. Bodwell. Bodwell is listed In town directories as a laborer and later a carpenter. Stylistic elements of this house are more in keeping with mid-nineteenth century architecture, indicating that the house may have been moved to this location.

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  1. The Bodwell house on 16 maple Ave was originally up by the pumping station on high street and was moved during the winter in 1890.That house was in the Bodwell family until early 1970’s.

  2. I am looking for family-genealogy for the “Hodgskins” family one of the earliest settlers in Ipswich. I believe I see a Mrs. Hodgskins listed for ‘High Street’ will I be able to READ the map for 1894 if I purchase it for the $15.00 plus shipping? Who could I contact to look further into the Hodgskins family locally?
    Thank you for your time and attention,
    Marianne Davison

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