A large building on the southeast corner of the Choate Bridge was moved in 1940 to the former Wendel Estate on Jeffreys Neck Road at Strawberry Hill. The house was reassembled on the basis of physical evidence to its early appearance by Daniel Wendel, the son of the American Impressionist painter Theodore Wendel. Summer beams, overhangs at the second story and other First Period elements were uncovered when the house was dismantled. The location is now a parking lot for a commercial building.
Thomas Franklin Waters recorded that Isaac Fitts sold a lot “near the southerly abutment of the Town Bridge” to Thomas Burnham Jr., April 5, 1736 (72: 269). Fitts built or moved a small house after his purchase of the property in 1734. Dr. Thomas Manning sold the property to Jeremiah Ross, Nov. 12, 1809 (188: 36), who kept an inn in the greatly expanded building, known as Ross’s Tavern. It was sold by his heirs to Frederic Willcomb, July 13, 1888 (1231: 96).
Sources and Further reading:
- Ross Tavern (full story)
- Waters, Thomas Franklin: Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony Vol. I
- Photos of “Proctor House” Library of Congress
- Download the full description at the MACRIS site
- Susan Nelson, report for the Ipswich Historical Commission
- Cummings, Massachusetts and its First Period Houses, Publication of the Colonial Society in Massachusetts 51:156-157
- Abbott Lowell Cummings, Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1979: 127. t pp: 74, 76, 126, 127, 129,136, 137, 148, 150, 153, 162, 194.