The original section of the large house at 11 Woods Lane was built in 1792 by American Revolution veteran Francis Merrifield, Jr. Merrifield served as a lieutenant in Capt. Nathaniel Wade’s Co. during the Revolutionary War. Merrifield had 13 children, and also built the Mary Wade house nearby. One of the unique features is the cooking fireplace on the second floor.
This was the home of Vivian Endicott, who at the age of 90 was still active in Ipswich town committees. Vivian is best remembered for her work to save the “Little Red House” on South Main Street, which the town was planning to tear down. She and a group of Ipswich residents, including Paul McGinley, joined efforts to save the house, which is now used as the Ipswich Visitors Center and is known as the Hall Haskell House. Vivian Endicott died in 2007 at the age of 102.
The Merrifield House, also known as Rosebank, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and is a past recipient of the Mary P. Conley award.