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Ipswich Hosiery, page 2

The direct result of this short-sighted policy was to scatter the industry on which labor depended to less prejudiced parts of the world, and the development of competitive industry, particularly in America, the land of freedom and opportunity. The British Government, in the endeavor to retain English industries, […]

285 High Street, the Daniel Nourse house (1809)

285 High Street, the Daniel Nourse house (1809)

Daniel Nourse, a farmer, bought the property in 1790 and built the present house in 1809. This was the home of John W. Nourse, farmer, civil engineer, and local historian who uncovered hundreds of Native American artifacts in his fields. The Nourse family cemetery is located nearby. A milestone from the Old Bay Road is in the basement wall. This is one of the finest Federal-era houses in Ipswich Village and has fallen into decay through neglect.

22 North Main Street, the Colonial Building (1904)

22 North Main Street, the Colonial Building (1904)

The Colonial Building at 22 North Main Street was built in 1904 as a commercial attempt by the Feoffees of the Little Neck Trust. Ralph A. Daniels of Rowley had a furniture store in the building and Howard J. Blake, jr. had a hardware store at one time. One floor of the building was rented by the School Board in 1907 to accommodate the 9th grade. Charles Lampson converted the building into apartments about 1945.

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.

Nathaniel Hodgkins house, Turkey Shore Road

48 Turkey Shore Road, the Nathaniel Hodgkins house (1720)

The house at 48 Turkey Shore Road is believed to have been built by Nathaniel Hodgkins in 1720 on land formerly owned by Daniel Hovey. The gambrel roof indicates early Georgian era construction, and the rear ell was almost certainly constructed at the same time as an attached living area or kitchen, connecting to a utilitarian building. A second floor was added to the ell in the 19th Century.

2 East Street, the Robert Jordan house (1863)

2 East Street, the Robert Jordan house (1863)

The “Old Brick,” the home of esteemed Col. Francis Wainwright was at this location in the 17th and early 18th Century. The original Methodist Church meeting house was erected here in the 1830’s. Robert Jordan, a clothing merchant, bought this lot in 1862, and built this fine Italianate home. Dr. George C. Bailey was the next owner, but then built the large Victorian house at 48 Market Street in 1887.

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.