7 County Street, the Thomas Dennis House (1663)

Thomas Dennis house in Ipswich
7 County Street, the Thomas Dennis House (1663)

The house at 7 County Street dates to two periods. Shoreborne Wilson, a cooper, built a house and a cooper’s shop on this site about 1660 (3:133). Thomas Dennis bought the property in 1663 (8:69) and added an adjoining parcel in 1671 (3:201). The rear ell of the present house dates from that period, with wide chamfers on the summer beam and unusual unpainted horizontal feather-edged sheathing. The early house appears to have been a typical one-over-one room floor plan 17th century half-house, facing due south with an end chimney

The 5-bay front section of the house dates to the 1750s and has a balanced Georgian floor plan typical of the Georgian era.

Thomas and Grace Dennis House Preservation Agreement

This House is protected by a Preservation Agreement between the owners, the town of Ipswich and the Historical Commission. Protected elements include:

  • Front and side facades of the four room building facing County St.
  • Central Frame including primary and secondary members
  • Feather-edged paneling in the rear first-floor room
hearth at Thomas Dennis house in Ipswich
Fireplace in the Thomas Dennis house

Thomas Dennis (1638–1706), came from Devonshire, England, where he learned from a tradition of flourished carving. Dennis himself was a master carver, and his work is shown in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Concord Antiquarian Society and the Robert Hull Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont.

Massive summer beams carry the floor joists in the Thomas Dennis house
Massive summer beams carry the floor joists in the Thomas Dennis house
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Thomas Dennis’ gravestone at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich
Thomas Dennis chest
This chest is said to have been created by Thomas Dennis
Grace Dennis tombstone
Grace Dennis Gravestone

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  1. I lived in the Dennis house in the mid-late 60’s – it was a duplex at the time with an apartment on either side. At that time there was a small portico (without pillars) over the front door. I remember climbing out on to it from the 2nd floor window and sitting on it to watch a parade pass by.

  2. Is his house/shop a private residence? Thomas is my 8th great grandfather… And thought it would be interesting to look at a place that holds our family history

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