Ipswich in the 21st Century

Ipswich MA Town Hall on Green Street

The Ipswich Town Hall

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, but a decade later the Ipswich River dried up during a long drought. The Ipswich Riverwalk opened, featuring a mural of the town’s history, painted by Alan Pearsall.

Ipswich Riverwalk Mural The Ipswich Riverwalk mural - In 2005 EBSCO Publishing commissioned artist Alan Pearsall to paint a 2,700-square-foot mural on one of the old mill buildings occupied by the company in Ipswich. The mural is the centerpiece of the town's Riverwalk.
Mill Road Bridge closed 2006: the Mill Road “linear park” - It’s been 16 years since the 2006 Mother’s Day storm rammed the Ipswich River into the Mill Road Bridge, almost collapsing one of its three brick arches and closing the bridge for three years. Fences were erected at either end, effectively making the bridge feel like a demilitarized […]
Mill Rd. bridge during the Ipswich Mothers Day Storm Deluge! An Eyewitness Account of the Mother’s Day Storm of 2006 - Essex County was subjected to days of relentless, pouring rain that caused millions of dollars in property damage, deaths and left Ipswich nearly isolated from neighboring communities.
Mothers Day Flood, May 14-16, 2006 - Fourteen inches of rain fell between May 14 and May 16, 2006, creating the historic 2006 Mothers Day Flood. Water flow levels in the Ipswich River were 27% higher than recorded in previous epic floods.
Melanson Boat Shop Fire Ipswich Melanson’s fire, August 7, 2009 - The boatyard, constructed in 1954, burned in a spectacular fire, and has since been replaced by a residential building.
A New England mailbox covered in snow The Great Snows of 2011 and 2015 - In New England we anticipate snowstorms with a mix of dread and glee.
The old elm tree - The American Elm tree at the corner of County and East Streets succumbed to Dutch Elm disease in 2012, but a polished cross section is on display at the Ipswich Town Hall.
The Blizzard of 2015, Argilla Road in Ipswich Photos from the Great Snow of 2015 - Images from the blizzard, January 27, 2015 and the series of snowstorms that followed. Many photos are from the I Love Ipswich Facebook group. Featured image: the road into Crane Beach, by Diane Young.
A New England mailbox covered in snow The Great Snows of 2011 and 2015 - In New England we anticipate snowstorms with a mix of dread and glee.
The 2016 Ipswich drought - Based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Palmer Drought Severity Index, the three-month period between May 1 and July 31 was the driest for those three months in Massachusetts since 1966 and the ninth driest on record. Due to the shortage of rainfall and continued high water […]
The Man in Full: Honoring the Life and Times of Ipswich Police Officer Officer Charles B. Schwartz - By Gavin Keenan Retired Ipswich Police Officer and local legend Charles Benjamin Schwartz passed away on January 19, 2017. Charlie had struggled with cancer this last year and as he would say, “Gave it as good as I got.” Although I am relieved for him that his suffering […]
58 North Main St., Ipswich MA 2020 Mary Conley award for historic preservation - The Ipswich Historical Commission Mary Conley Award for 2020 is awarded to Ingrid and Stephen Miles, owners of the historic Captain Richard Rogers house at 58 N. Main St.

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