John Updike at Ipswich 17th Century Day in 1972Photos

17th Century Celebrations

In the 20th Century, Ipswich celebrated its history with 17th Century Day, Olde Ipswich Days, the 300th Anniversary of the Founding of Ipswich, and the Town’s Tercentenary Celebration in 1930. Photos are from Ipswich Town Reports and courtesy of the Ipswich Historical Society, Bruce Lord, Priscilla Cushing Conger, and the late Peter Zaharis.

17th Century Days

Photo by Peter Zaharis

Three TExts from Early Ipswich, a Pageant by John Updike

John Updike in front of the Whipple House

17th Century Day Ipswich musicians

Barb Stratton shared this photo and identified the musicians as martha Bernhart, Vera Cobb, Mary Updike, Dr. Petranek, John Updike, Charles Cobb, and Dr. Potter.

John Updike

Dancing on Market St. during Olde Ipswich Week, 1972


Pillow lace making was demonstrated by Sarah McManaway, Lisa and Jeremie Keyworth. at 17th Century Day. Photo courtesy of Barbara Stratton


The South Green




Coach rides for kids at 17th Century Day



Cemonstration by “Ax Man” at 17th Century Day



In front of the 2nd Congregational Church that faced the South Green

1934 Ipswich Tricentennial Parade

Tercentenary Celebrations, 1930

Ipswich Tercentenary Celebration, 1930

Ipswich Tercentenary Celebration, 1930


Tricentennial procession to the Congregational Church

Ralph Whipple, 1930, Ipswich Tercentenary Celebration




Puritan reenactment at Tricentennial

9 replies »

  1. My sister and I are in the second photo down. Our Dad was the photographer who took the photo. 1964 I believe.

  2. Wonderful pictures. The severe black and white Pilgrim costumes, however, are no longer considered historically accurate. This link is an excellent view of the up to date research about the colorful clothing was the Pilgrims and other early 17th c colonists, such as early Ipswich residents, actually wore.

  3. Fabulous pictures. So many people came out for these type of things back in those days. Everyone participated.

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