A Priceless Reservoir of Early American History
Ipswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1634 in an area the Native Americans called “Agawam,” and is America’s best-preserved Puritan town. The historic neighborhoods of Meeting House Green, High Street, the East End, and the South Green are well-preserved streetscapes of 17th to 19th-century residences, with more “First Period” houses still standing than any other town in the country. Opposition by the people of Ipswich to a tax imposed in 1687 is commemorated in the seal of the town of Ipswich, with the motto, “The Birthplace of American Independence 1687.”
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Life in the Time of Greenheads - Situated in the epicenter of The Great Marsh, Ipswich is ground zero for the annual invasion of Town's Official Pest, Tabanus nigrovittatus, better known as the the Greenhead Fly. In my opinion, which I am happy to share with you, the Latin name for this scourge lends it far more dignity than it deserves. The Platts-Bradstreet House, Rowley - The 1677 Platts-Bradstreet House is located on Rt.1A, 233 Main St. in Rowley, maintained, operated and home to the Rowley Historical Society. July 21 – 22 Events - This weekend: Pete Seeger’s Songs for Young People, A Community Engagement Project, America’s History of Wildlife Management and Songs inspired by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie Portraits of Ipswich People Who Told the Truth - As part of this month’s Ipswich celebration of Americans Who Tell the Truth, the first floor of the Ipswich Town Hall is displaying portraits of local people who have affected change by telling the truth. Read about them by clicking on the captions. […] The Old Town Landings and Wharfs - Many a pleasant sail down the river are in the memories of William J. Barton. "These were the names of the places and flats along the Ipswich River before my time, and familiar to me during my time. They were used by the fishermen and clammers. I know. I was one of them. It was the happiest time of my life."
When Herring Were Caught by Torchlight - In the late 19th Century, most of the men around the river would look forward to "herringing" when fall arrived. The foot of Summer Street was the best landing. One year so many herring were caught, they were dumped in the Parker River, and Herring did not return for many years. Zumi’s coffee double duty - In the last couple of years I've composted about a ton of coffee grounds to be used in my garden. The peas received a generous helping of the compost, and this year's plants are almost 8' tall!