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Walking tour of historic Ipswich MA

Historic Ipswich Tour

This self-guided walking tour of historic Ipswich, Massachusetts begins at the Ipswich Visitor Center on South Main Street and the Ipswich Museum facing the South Green. Many of the First and Second Period houses in the town are visited along with sites of special historic, architectural or natural […]

Engraving of Market Square in Ipswich from John Warner Barber’s Historical collections: being a general collection of interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes, etc. relating to the history and antiquities of every town in Massachusetts,” published in 1839

Tour of Meeting House Green

This walking tour of the Ipswich Meeting House Green National Historic District starts at the foot of North Main Street known as Marketplace Square. Walk up the hill past the Library, around the back of the Congregational Church and down the right side of North Main Street. When […]

30 High Street, the Joseph Bolles house (1722)

Joseph Bolles, a carpenter bought this lot from Joseph Fowler with an acre of land and a house on it in 1722, which is the assumed date of this structure. This house began as a central chimney house, one room deep. Rooms were later added to the rear, and the roof rebuilt to cover the doubled house. The original oak frame is now thoroughly concealed, and second and third period trim dominate the house.

27 High Street, the Edward Brown House (1650)

27 High Street, the Edward Browne House (c 1650-1750)

Edward Brown was the original owner of this site in 1639, and the east side of the present house is believed to have been constructed under his ownership around 1650 as a one-room over-one-room floor plan. In the mid-18th century the west side of the house was built. Architectural features of this house are protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission.

Books and documents

Links to over 300 online publications about Ipswich and the North Shore area, including “Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony” by Thomas Franklin Waters, “Publications of the Ipswich Historical Society”, and “Historical Collections of the Essex Institute.”