Guided walking tours are not currently scheduled due to the coronavirus. You are welcome to download and follow the self-guided tours.
The historic neighborhoods of Meeting House Green, High Street, the East End, and the South Green offer well-preserved streetscapes of 17th to 20th century homes. A comprehensive self-guided tour can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF document.
- View the comprehensive 4-mile Historic Ipswich tour online
- Download the complete tour as a PDF document
Walking tours of historic Ipswich are led by Town Historian Gordon Harris, who tells the stories of the town’s historic houses and the people who lived in the them.
- Location: The regular tour starts in front of the Ipswich Public Library on Meeting House Green. View at Google Maps.
- Date and Time: Guided tours are not yet scheduled for 2020.
- Charge: $10 per person. No charge for small children. Group size for each tour will be limited to a dozen people. Advance registrations are recommended, but the tour is open to walk-ins. Please pay by cash or check at the beginning of the tour.
- Reserve by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your email address and the date of the tour you are requesting.
Custom Ancestry Tours
The minimum charge for special group tours or custom tours is $100 for the group. To arrange a custom group tour, email Gordon Harris at email@example.com.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.” Ipswich is the country’s best-preserved Puritan town, and its residents have been the proud custodians of its history. Many people trace their roots back through several generations to Ipswich, one of the earliest towns in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Town Historian Gordon Harris leads customized tours for people wishing to “walk in the footsteps of their forefathers,” in which we visit the neighborhoods, houses and gravestones of early settlers and their descendants. In July 2019 he led tours for descendants of Isaac Cummings, William Fellows, Reginald Foster and Richard Kimball.
Some scenes from the tour: