The Daniel Lummus House at 39-41 High Street is a recent addition to known 59 First Period Houses in Ipswich (Colonial era homes built between 1625 and 1725).
This house stands on the nine acre grant to Governor Thomas Dudley. This was the home of Daniel Lummus. Jonathan Lummus bequeathed “a small piece of land out of my homestead adjoining to his homestead” to his son Daniel Lummus, “to make a convenient way to his barn.” in 1728. The 1686 structure was significantly rebuilt in 1746.
After it was purchased by Al Boynton and Kathy Bruce, they discovered that it was full of first period elements that would date before 1720, as early as 1686. Kathy and Al have dedicated much of their time and energy to renovating the property. They received the 2012 Mary Conley Award for historic preservation from the Ipswich Historical Commission.
Ipswich architect Mat Cummings discovered hand-made plaster lathe, chestnut flooring, paneling similar to the nearby Day Dodge House, and a large hidden brick fireplace!
- View more photos at Cummings Architects
- View a YouTube video of the hidden fireplace being restored
- Edward Lumus of Ipswich MA and Some of His Descendants
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- “Built circa 1686, Ipswich’s Lummus House listed for sale changes hands after restoration,” by Joanna K. Tzouvelis. Published May 19, 2022, wickedlocal.com