Dates: Saturday July 21 and August 18, 2018:
Time: 10:am to 3:00 pm
Location: Ipswich Public Library, 25 N Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938

Program: The Town of Ipswich MA is known as America’s best-preserved Puritan town. With almost 60 houses that were constructed in part or in whole before 1720, Ipswich has more First Period homes than any other town in the country. Our program begins at the Ipswich Public Library with a presentation of the features of a First Period house by Ipswich Historical Commission chairman John Fiske.

The program includes short morning and afternoon walking tours of the town’s historic houses, organized by Town Historian Gordon Harris. Lunch is at the Library with a slide show of 19th Century Ipswich photos from original glass plate negatives. The afternoon tour takes us past a selection of First Period houses in the town’s East End, and concludes at the South Green with a tour of the Whipple House, courtesy of the Ipswich Museum

10:00 am – 11:00 am: First Period Presentation
11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Walking tour #1, Meeting House Green and High Street
12:30 – 1:30: lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm: Walking tour# 2, The East End, ending at the Whipple House at the South Green.

Sponsors: Ipswich Historical Commission, the Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Re-Creation, and the Ipswich Public Library.

Cost: $25 per person (includes lunch at the Library). Registration is limited to 40 persons at the two summer programs.

Reservations: Email Please leave your name and email address, and the date you wish to attend. A member of the Ipswich Historical Commission will contact you. (Online registration and payment will be added soon).