The Joseph Willcomb house was built by John Edwards, a tailor, who acquired this property in 1668 (3:81) and built this house in the same year. He was one of several townspeople appointed to the office of Tithingman by the Selectmen and instructed “to inspect disorderly persons, and to present the names of single persons that live out from under family government, to enter ordinaries and inspect them, and whatever else tends to irreligion.”
The Joseph Willcomb house has a massive oak frame, central chimney and clapboards typical of other First Period houses on High Street. The dining room boasts a cavernous firebox and beehive oven. There is a rear ell and a Beverly jog. Some walls display the original wide-board paneling, which was exposed when plaster was removed during restoration. The parlor retains its 17th Century floor and hearth. View MACRIS
The historic name of the house comes from a later owner, Joseph Willcomb, who bought the house prior to 1762,. Willcomb was a captain of many ships, perhaps the most famous was the Malay, which was owned by Augustine Heard. The house stayed in the Willcomb family for more than 150 years.
The photo above shows the first floor right room beams and fireplace. View more photos from this house
This house is protected by a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission. Protected elements include:
- Exterior: front and side facades, roof, exterior chimney
- Interior: entire frame, fireboxes, front staircase, fireplace panels, cornice molding, post and beam cases.