Tours

Historic Ipswich Walking tour from the Ipswich Visitor Center, Saturday March 30, 2019

Historic Ipswich Walking tour short and long versions

The short tour (in red) starts from the Public Library. The longer tour (in red) starts at the Ipswich Visitor Center.

The historic neighborhoods of Meeting House Green, High Street, the East End, and the South Green offer well-preserved streetscapes of 17th to 20th century homes.

Walking tours of historic Ipswich are led from spring through fall by Ipswich Town Historian Gordon Harris, who tells the stories of the town’s historic houses and the people who lived in the them.

Start Location: This tour starts at the Ipswich Visitor Center, 36 South Main Street. View at Google Maps.

Time: 2:00 pm. (Tours start promptly on time)

Distance: 1.5 miles at a moderately active pace.

Charge: $10 per person. Please pay by cash or check at the beginning of the tour. Small children are free. To reserve or to schedule a special group tour email Gordon Harris at historicipswich@gmail.com or text (978) 979-6598. Please leave your name and the date of the tour you are interested in joining.

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The full Historic Ipswich tour starts at the Ipswich Visitor Center on South Main Street. A shorter and easier version starts in front of the Ipswich Public Library.

East End Historic District : John Winthrop Jr. led an expedition in 1633 to establish the settlement of Ipswich in the area that stretches from the Town Wharf to Meeting House Green. The East End includes Turkey Shore, Water Street, East Street, County Street and Summer Street.

South Green Historic District: The South Green was originally known as School House Green. Many of the most important early settlers received grants of land here, and for two centuries the South Green served as a military training ground.

Meetinghouse Green on Town Hill was the governmental center for Puritan Ipswich. North Main Street is lined with elegant homes built by the leaders of the town over the past three centuries. Summer Street is the ancient “Way to the Meeting House.”

High Street has the largest concentration of “First Period” houses in America (built before 1720).

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