In the late 19th Century, hooked rugs gained immense popularity, partly due to a Maine Peddler and rug hooker named Edward Sands Frost, who introduced preprinted hooked-rug patterns on burlap. In 1876, when Frost sold his business, he had about 180 patterns. Frost’s patterns included a wide variety of natural […]
Ralph W. Burnham owned several Ipswich antiques businesses at the turn of the 20th Century. He employed experts to repair and restore antique rugs, at High Street store, which was later used as a marine supplies store and still stands today.
In the 1960’s, music could be heard in Ipswich at the King’s Rook. In 1969, Phil Cole purchased the business and renamed it Stonehenge, Tom Rush, Judy Collins. the Paul Butterfield Band. Bo Didley, Al Kooper, Bonnie Rait and many other famous musicians played there before it closed in 1972.
In March 1692 the Selectmen laid out twenty-three small lots and granted them “to as many individuals with the conditions that they not encumber the highway, make provision for drainage under the buildings, that each person provide paving four-foot wide all along before ye said buildings for the convenience of foot travelers, and erect posts to keep horses from spoiling the same.”
A list of houses designated “First Period” by local historic organizations. Most houses have dates based on deeds, historical records or tradition and have not been dated by dendrochronology.
The house was moved from South Main Street in 1940 by David Wendel and restored to a high-style First Period appearance on the basis of observed physical evidence. The Collins-Lord house on High Street was moved and attached to the rear of this house.
This house was built by joiner Sherborne Wilson,. The house was purchased in 1702 by Col. Samuel Appleton, the eldest son of Major Samuel Appleton. At the time it was still a two-room central chimney structure, and it is believed that Appleton expanded the building on the southeast side. The house is listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places.
Richard Kimball owned this lot in 1637. The property passed to John Kimball, and the present house dates from the time of his ownership. It belonged to the Lord family through the 19th century.
Within three years of the arrival of the Winthrop fleet to New England, so many immigrants had arrived in Massachusetts Bay that Boston Neck could not hold them all. Perceiving a threat from the French, thirteen men arrived in 1633 to establish the town that would be named Ipswich a year later.
MACRIS is the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System. The following houses are from a search of Ipswich structures in the collected files. Go to MACRIS to view the complete list of structures. Inv. Property Name Street Year IPS.A Ipswich Village IPS.B Damon Farm II IPS.C Linden Street Mansards […]
The inhabitants of the part of Ipswich known as Chebacco established their own parish in 1679, but were still residents of the town of Ipswich. In 1818, two hundred and six men of Chebacco petitioned the Legislature for incorporation, and the town came into existence on Feb. 5, 1819.
The Puritan settlers of Ipswich arrived during the “Great Migration. Sources include “Early Inhabitants of Ipswich” by Abraham Hammatt, “Vital Records to 1850,” and “Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony” by Thomas Franklin Waters.
The Locust Grove Cemetery is located at 1 Locust Street, Ipswich, MA. Akerman, Mary M. Allen, Courtney Allen, Esther B. Allen, Joseph D. Alley, Hattie B. Alley, Sarah E. Anderson, Murray Edwin Andrews, George N. Andrews, John J., Jr Andrews, Mabel Johnston Archer, Austin Archer, Ethel Madeline Archer, […]
Highland Cemetery in Ipswich is on the hill above the Old North Burying Ground, and is accessed from Town Farm Rd. The following listings are from the Highland Cemetery listings at the Findagrave site. Many of the older tombstones are at the Old North Burying Ground, and are […]
This extensive tour of Ipswich, Massachusetts begins at the Riverwalk Mural. Options are presented at various points that allow one to shorten the tour to the core of the historic district. Follow online or download PDF
A Walking Tour and History of Ipswich This extensive tour of Ipswich, Massachusetts begins at the Riverwalk Mural behind the EBSCO buildings, near the corner of Market Street and Union Street. Many of the First and Second Period houses in the town are visited along with sites of […]
The oldest parts of the Hart House were apparently constructed in 1678-80 by Samuel Hart, the son of Thomas Hart, an Irish tanner who arrived in Ipswich in 1637. The two oldest rooms are exact duplicates of the originals, which were moved to museums in the early 20th Century.