Thomas Franklin Waters wrote that the lower half of the unusual slender but tall frame house on Waldingfield Rd. was the school house for the Appleton Farms neighborhood: ” Mrs Gerald L. Hoyt daughter of Daniel Fuller Appleton occupies the cottage which was built upon the old Appleton school house as a base.” Historic maps of Ipswich show a schoolhouse opposite of this house on the north side of Waldingfield Road, If Waters was correct, the old school building was moved across the road and reconstructed as a residence.
Arthur Lord wrote about attending the grammar school as a child in his “Recollections of a New England Boyhood 1886-1908. “I first attended, for three years, the one-room Appleton School, about a mile from home on Waldingfield Road. The road climbed a high hill, then descended precipitously to the railroad track, and continued through low woods where pink lady slippers grew. The crossing was dangerous – it was hard to halt a loaded wagon on that steep grade – so the railroad company stationed one of its older employees there in a little cabin. When a train was due, he appeared with a flag by day or a lantern by night. He also seemed to appear whenever I passed by and we soon became friends.”
- Publications of the Ipswich Historical Society, Volume 12: The Old Bay Road from Saltonstall Brook, and Samuel Appleton’s Farm
- Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by Thomas Franklin Waters
- 1834 Ipswich map
- Recollections of a New England Boyhood 1886-1908 By Arthur Russell Lord