56 Washington St., Ipswich

56 Washington Street, the Ephraim Goodhue House (1875)

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.

1 thought on “56 Washington Street, the Ephraim Goodhue House (1875)”

  1. Some clarification..my mother was Marie Anne Martel/Hall who was the eldest daughter, not sibling of Raymond and Stella Martel. She and her husband purchased the home from her parents and raised six children there. House was sold in the mid 2000’s.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s