Built between 1872 and 1884, the earliest owner of the house at 56 Washington Street in Ipswich is identified is Ephraim Goodhue, listed in town directories as a blacksmith and grocer with a shop on Pleasant Street. The early maps show a second building on this lot that was probably his shop.
By 1902 the house had been converted to two-family use. By 1916 it was occupied by Mrs. Mary King and Leo & Margaret Meunier. Leo Meunier is listed in town directories as a mason. In 1924 the house was occupied by Lawrence & Georgina Gallant and Joseph & Veronique Peter.
From JP LaVallee: “My Mom and her family grew up on 56 Washington Street. Her parents, Arthur Raymond Martel (born on Labor in Vain Road) and Stella (Trudel) Martel raised their nine children in that house in the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. In the 60s, the house was given to her eldest sibling, Mary Anne (Martel) Hall, and she then raised her five children there until the house was sold circa 2000.