America’s best-preserved Puritan town

Ipswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1634, and is America’s best-preserved Puritan town. Opposition by the people and leaders of Ipswich to a tax imposed in 1687 is commemorated in the seal of the town of Ipswich, with the motto, “The Birthplace of American Independence 1687.”

Ipswich Riverwalk Mural by Alan Pearsall “A priceless reservoir of early American history” - Ipswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1634 in an area the Native Americans called "Agawam," and is America’s best-preserved Puritan town.
The Whipple House on the South Green in Ipswich MA First Period, Georgian and Federal-era houses of Ipswich - There are more remaining first Period houses (1625 through 1725) in Ipswich MA than any other town in the country.
Historic Districts - The contiguous historic neighborhoods of Meeting House Green, High Street, the East End, and the South Green are well-preserved streetscapes of 17th to 19th century private residences.
Ipswich History - Ipswich, Massachusetts was settled in 1633 in an area the Native Americans called "Agawam." This page features posts on this site in chronological order of the events.

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    • This question can’t be answered with certainty. The Shatswell “Planters Cottage” at Strawberry Hill on Jeffreys Neck Road was originally a shed behind the Shatswell House on High Street and is dated at 1646 based on observations at the time it was moved in the 1930’s. The age of houses in Ipswich have been determined both by construction methodology and by information provided in the deeds. Some of the 1650’s houses on High Street display fine characteristics believed to have been developed around 1670, such as chamfered summer beams with lambs tongue finials at the end. Dendrochronology tests have shown that the “1640 Hart House” was constructed in 1678, the Whipple House in 1677, and the Merchant-Choate house in 1670. To view the oldest houses in Ipswich in Chronological order, go to

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