ipswich_town_sealIpswich, Massachusetts was settled in 1633 in an area the Native Americans called “Agawam” and has more “First Period” houses (1625-1725) than any other community in America.

History articles on this site, indexed by century and decade:

Ipswich in the 17th Century - Ipswich was settled in 1633 in an area the Native Americans called Agawam. The town was incorporated as Ipswich the following year. Legends The 17th Century The 18th Century The 19th Century The 20th Century The 21st Century A Chronology of Ipswich history
Ipswich woodcut,1838 attributed to S. E. Brown. Ipswich in the 18th Century - The Town of Ipswich devoted much manpower and resources during the first half of the 18th Century to the French and Indian Wars, and became a staunch supporter of the War for Independence. The development of the stagecoach maintained the prominence of the town for several decades. In 1793, the Hamlet was set off from the town and … Continue reading Ipswich in the 18th Century
Ipswich in the 19th Century - There was great excitement in Ipswich upon the visits of President George Washington and General Lafayette. Chebacco Parish withdrew from the town and became the Town of Essex. In 1828 the Ipswich Female Seminary was opened by Zilpah Grant and Mary Lyon. The Ipswich Manufacturing Company was established in that same year, later to become Ipswich Mills and … Continue reading Ipswich in the 19th Century
Ipswich in the 20th Century - In 1903 the Electric Light System was built as a municipal utility by the Town. A labor strike at Ipswich Hosiery Mills in 1913 resulted in a young Greek woman being killed after out-of-town police were brought in. The Great Depression brought desperately hard times to the people of Ipswich. The Old North Church on Meetinghouse Green was destroyed in … Continue reading Ipswich in the 20th Century
Ipswich in the 21st Century - The population of Ipswich was 13,602 in the 2000 Census, and continues to grow. The present High School opened on High Street, and the former school on Green Street became the Town Hall. The Town continues to debate about construction of new elementary schools and public safety facilities. The “Mothers Day Storm” of 2006 flooded downtown, … Continue reading Ipswich in the 21st Century
View from Town Hill in Ipswich by George Dexter, before 1900 A Chronology of Ipswich history - Featured Articles Legends The 17th Century The 18th Century The 19th Century The 20th Century The 21st Century The following list of dates and events in Ipswich history is from the Genealogy of the Willcomb family of New England (1655-1902); “Over Three Hundred & Fifty Years of Ipswich History,”compiled  for the 350th Anniversary Committee of the … Continue reading A Chronology of Ipswich history