Plaques for historic houses

Benjamin Dutch house, County St.
Many historic buildings have Ipswich Historical Commission plaques on their front façade. The sign shape and design is unique to our town. First Period houses have a salt box house at the top and antique (Timpani) lettering. This style is used by default for houses built before 1720.

Step 1: Find your house name and date of construction

Inventories of historic buildings are maintained by the Ipswich Historical Commission. All buildings 75 years or older are considered to be historic. High priority buildings include those built in the First Period (1625 to 1725), Second Period (1725 to 1775) and Third Period (1775 to 1825).

  • To find the name of your house and the date of construction, refer to our master list which is organized by street address.
  • You may also find the information you need about your house at our Partial list of Historic Houses.
  • If you have questions about the house, purchasing or replacing a plaque, please contact the Ipswich Historical Commission by sending email to: We can confirm the name of the original owner (or traditional name of the house) and the date of construction.

Step 2: Ordering Historic House Plaques

Homeowners are responsible for making the order after confirming the date of construction and the name of builder, original owner, or other historic individual for which the house is named.

Ould Colony Artisans in Rhode Island has made most of the historic plaques in Ipswich. The charge for the sign (including shipping) is $75.00. (This site may not load)

  • Send the order for your plaque to Ould Colony Artisans, 73 Devonshire Street, Providence, R.I. 02908. Hand wrought iron nails or 2-2 1/2″ screws are provided.
  • Please include your name, mailing address, and correct address for the property.
  • Indicate if there is additional information that you would like to see on the plaque. Space is provided for up to 4 lines of lettering
  • The plaque will be mailed directly to your mailing address from Ould Colony Artisans.
  • The price is $75 for signs (regardless of size or style chosen) and includes shipping and handling. (prices may vary)
  • For more information call Ould Colony Artisans at (800) 414-7906 or by cell phone, (207) 491-3770. (207) 779-0707. Email address is

Ould Colony Artisans has a standard shape and lettering for Ipswich. Please specify if you wish to have a specific shape and lettering for your plaque.

Ipswich plaque with salt box house at the top and antique (Timpani) lettering. This style is used by default for houses built before 1720.
  • By default, plaques for houses built before 1820 (First Period, Georgian and Federal) have the salt box included at the top, with antique lettering. See the Benjamin Grant house plaque above.
  • By default, plaques for houses built after 1820 (Greek Revival, Italianate, Victorian etc.) have flat tops with no salt box house image. See the James Scott house plaque on the right.
  • You may choose either shape or lettering for your house. Please specify in your order.

Standard Size: 24″ x 16″. Option: small (20″ x 14″)

Displaying the historic plaque: The town of Ipswich allows a permanent, non-illuminated sign which identifies a structure or site designated by the Ipswich Historical Commission as being historically significant. Signs shall be attached on or parallel to the structure and shall not exceed three (3) square feet.

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