Articles by John Fiske

County Street Ipswich MA Painting your historic house, a guide to colors and color schemes - First Period houses rarely painted trim and sash in different colors and so were generally of two colors only; later styles often had three. Paint was used to delineate the main visual elements
Construction of the 1657 Alexander Knight house - Ipswich is unique in having so many first period houses; it is also unique in having among its town records the only written description of a single-room house, and a reproduction of the house itself.
To secure a competence - Remarks by Ipswich Historical Commission chairman John Fiske, on accepting the 2014 Community Service Award from the Ipswich Democratic Town Committee to the Historical Commission on January 31, 2015
Perkins Hodgkins house, East St., Ipswich Ma To live locally - “You can’t ask for anything more ‘local’ than that,” was my thought as I was writing this story about Tyler Fahey's, restoration of Glover’s Mill and his family house. His was built for one of his ancestors around 1700, and has never been sold!
The Glazier house on Water Street, Ipswich The Old Tann Flats - This article first appeared in the September 2013 Antiques Journal. We have a dear friend who has moved three or four times since we’ve known her. And each time, she and her husband have bought or built a new house. As she said to us once, “I can’t […]
The Fox Creek Canal - The Fox Creek Canal provided the missing link between the forests of New Hampshire and the shipyards of Essex. Lumber boats would sail down the Merrimack to Newburyport, cruise south along the landward-side of Plum Island and reach the Ipswich River without ever having to go on the ocean, then take the canal to the Castle Neck River to Essex Bay.
Clock on First Church in Ipswich 1930 The First Church Clock - As the parish records tell us, “A clock purchased by subscription was landed in Ipswich May 29, 1762. The Parish on May 31st voted their readiness to receive it into the steeple of this meeting house and September 16, 1762 they voted to be at the charge of putting it up there.”
County Street Ipswich MA The APD: A balance between the community and the individual - Ipswich got the balance between the community and the individual just about right when it decided to preserve its historic district.
Fences Make Good Neighbors - Just three years after the town of Ipswich was incorporated, each household had its own fenced lot within the town, and the town itself was fenced off from the rest of the world. Boundaries matter.
Abraham Knowlton, “Workman of rare skill” - Ipswich is home to two groundbreaking masterworks of early eighteenth century America, a paneled wall and a pulpit. Both were made by Abraham Knowlton (1699- 1751), a woodworker who is less well known than he deserves to be.

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