2020 may have been lousy, but it was a good year for researching history. Today I took this screenshot of site stats for the Historic Ipswich website, which I began several years ago as Town Historian. This year the site had 461,493 page views, with 70,000 more visitors than last year.
John Fiske’s article, Painting your historic house, a guide to colors and color schemes was the most popular, with 31,000 views this year and a total of 59,000 views since he published it a couple of years ago. The second most popular page was Settlers and early inhabitants of Ipswich which reflects how important Ipswich is for genealogy enthusiasts. The site also hosts the Ipswich Visitor Center page, which received 5786 views.
The Historic Ipswich site increased in size to 1,378 pages and posts. Our Historic Ipswich Facebook group also grew, to 1387 members. (The official page of the Ipswich Historical Commission is at ipswichma.gov/412/Historical-Commission but no stats are available).