Walking tours of historic Ipswich

Summer Street Ipswich MA

Historic Ipswich Walking tour short and long versions

The short tour (in red) starts from the Public Library. The longer tour (in red) starts at the Ipswich Visitor Center.

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.

Tour Schedule

Scheduled 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. To reserve or to arrange a special group tour, email Gordon Harris at historicipswich@gmail.com. Please leave your name and the date of the tour you are interested in joining.

Lower Summer Street, Ipswich Ma Historic Ipswich Walking tour from the Ipswich Visitor Center - Join Ipswich Town Historian for a tour of the South Green, the East End, Meeting House Green, and the Ipswich River, sharing the stories of the town's historic houses and the people who lived in them.
Walking tour of Ipswich Meeting House Green Walking Tour of Meeting House Green and the East End - This shorter walking tour starts in front of the Ipswich Public Library and visits Meeting House Green, North Main, Summer Street, East St., and takes about 1 - 1.5 hrs.

Self-guided tours

A comprehensive self-guided tour can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF document.

Some scenes from the tour:

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  1. My mom’s family has been in Ipswich and Rowley since the Great Migration and we lived there back in the early 70s. I need to head up that way and take this tour.

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  2. This is one of the best walking tours I’ve been on. Gordon’s knowledge of the history of Ipswich allowed us to understand the daily life of Ipswich resdents from the time the town was established through the Revolutionary War and beyond. We learned things the history books omit. It is worth your time to take this tour!

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