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.
Walking tours of historic Ipswich are led on weekends by Town Historian Gordon Harris, who tells the stories of the town’s historic houses and the people who lived in the them.
- Meeting House Green and East End: Starts in front of the Ipswich Public Library, 25 North Main St. Map
- South Green, East End and Meeting House Green: Starts at the Ipswich Visitor Center, 36 South Main Street. Map
Scheduled Sunday afternoon tours begin in the spring and continue into the fall. The charge is $10 per person, which you can pay with cash or check at the beginning of the tour. Small children are free. Please leave your name and the date of the tour you are interested in joining. Tours are canceled if there are no pre-registrations. Email Gordon Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reserve a regularly scheduled tour or to arrange a custom group tour, email Gordon Harris at email@example.com. (The minimum charge for special group tours or custom tours is $100 for the group.)
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
Custom Ancestry Tours
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: