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Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA - Map of Ipswich in 1640

Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Nathaniel Ward, an assistant pastor of Ipswich (1634-1635), 1636, wrote the first code of laws for Massachusetts.

Ipswich includes: The Bluffs, Candlewood, Line Brook, Little Neck, and Willowdale.
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Map of Ipswich in 1640
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Candlewood an Ancient Neighborhood in Ipswich with Genealogies of John Brown, William Fellows, and Robert Kinsman.
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The Olde Burnham House, built 1640

The Giddings-Burnham House is a historic house in Ipswich, Mas
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The Olde Burnham House, built 1640

The Giddings-Burnham House is a historic house in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The house was probably built in the 1640s by George Giddings and was sold to his brother-in-law Thomas Burnham...

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
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Old Historical House, built 1669
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Old Historical House, built 1669
Ross Tavern, built 1734
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Ross Tavern, built 1734
Choates Bridge built 1764. The Oldest Stone Arch Bridge in America, Ipswich, Mass.

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Choates Bridge built 1764. The Oldest Stone Arch Bridge in America, Ipswich, Mass.

Colonel John Choate, a noted resident who had led a regiment at Louisburg and who served as a representative to the General Court designed the bridge and supervised construction at no charge to the town. Col. Choate also served as Justice of the Court of Sessions and the Court of Common Pleas.
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Old Heard House, built 1795

The Heard house is a Federal-style structure built in 1795 by wealthy
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Old Heard House, built 1795

The Heard house is a Federal-style structure built in 1795 by wealthy John Heard. Before the Revolutionary War he had invested in the rum factory on Turkey Shore Road along the river bank where they unloaded barrels of West Indies molasses, and he later helped start the Ipswich Mills.
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Agawam House
Located at 26 North Main Street

Originally Treadwell’s Inn (built in 1806 by Nathan
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Agawam House
Located at 26 North Main Street

Originally Treadwell’s Inn (built in 1806 by Nathaniel Treadwell), the inn was renamed the Agawam House and continued as the town’s first class hotel until it closed in the late 1920′s.
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Town Hall
30 South Main Street

The Unitarian Church built it in 1833 but sold it to the town ten
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Town Hall
30 South Main Street

The Unitarian Church built it in 1833 but sold it to the town ten years later to be used as town hall and a social gathering place.
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The Old Hayes Tavern, Ipswich, Mass.
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The Old Hayes Tavern, Ipswich, Mass.

"The Hayes Tavern had originally been built by the Peatfield brothers c. 1840. It is said to have been the first men's underwear factory in the country. Converted to Hayes Tavern by John W. Hayes in 1885. it was later sold to Thomas Broderick, who changed the name to Hayes Hotel. It was considered to be the wettest watering hole north of Boston."

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High St. from Lord's Square
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High St. from Lord's Square
Market Street from Depot Square
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Market Street from Depot Square
Main Street, Ipswich, Mass.
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Main Street, Ipswich, Mass.
Steamboat Landing, Ipswich, Mass.
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Steamboat Landing, Ipswich, Mass.
Ipswich Mills, Ipswich, Mass.
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Ipswich Mills, Ipswich, Mass.

"The Ipswich Mill Company was founded in 1868 by Amos Adams Lawrence, and developed this area, which had seen a variety of industrial uses since the 18th century. The company manufactured hosiery, one of the community's early industries, and grew to become the largest hosiery maker in the world between 1916 and 1919, with mills in five New England locations. Demand for the mill's products declined after the First World War, and its mills were shuttered one by one, with the Ipswich mill closing in 1928..." wikipedia
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Ipswich, Mass. Ipswich River at foot of Summer St.
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Ipswich, Mass. Ipswich River at foot of Summer St.
Railroad Station and Square
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Railroad Station and Square
Tyler Block
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Great Hill from West Shore Road, Hough's Neck, Mass.
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Great Hill from West Shore Road, Hough's Neck, Mass.
Soldiers Monument and Old North Church, Ipswich, Mass.
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Soldiers Monument and Old North Church, Ipswich, Mass.
The Bluffs
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The Bluffs
New Fire Station
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Ipswich Light House, 1910
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Ipswich Light House, 1910
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Cable Memorial Hospital

Construction of the Benjamin Stickney Cable Memorial Hospital was begun a
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Cable Memorial Hospital

Construction of the Benjamin Stickney Cable Memorial Hospital was begun at the intersection of Essex and County Roads on the former Kimball estate, known in Colonial times as Windmill Hill. Richard Teller Crane Jr. purchased the land on which the building sits and made a further donation of $145,000 to the construction fund. The Georgian Revival building was designed by noted hospital architect Edward F. Stevens and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places...

...The building of the Benjamin Stickney Cable Hospital at Ipswich Mass was dedicated on August 4, 1917 with appropriate exercises. This hospital is the gift of Richard T. Crane Jr. and Mrs. Crane to the town of Ipswich. It has an endowment of $30,000. It accommodates twenty patients, and to those who cannot pay, its services are free.
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Cottages at Little Neck and Crane's Hill
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Cottages at Little Neck and Crane's Hill

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Memorial Hall
33 Central Street

In 1921 the Memorial Building was voted to be built in memory of
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Memorial Hall
33 Central Street

In 1921 the Memorial Building was voted to be built in memory of Ipswich Veterans of all wars at a cost of $52,000. It was used to house two 6th grade classes (52 pupils) from 1969-1971 and as an office facility for the Pupil Personnel department during the years 1974-1980.
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St. Joseph's Church and Rectory
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Upland Farm 
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(Owned by Orrin and Kenneth Parsons)
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High School

In 1936 the new High School on Green Street was occupied and classes started. After a
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High School

In 1936 the new High School on Green Street was occupied and classes started. After a very long time and after much debate by several committees a new high school was voted on, with federal funds (the Town voted $120,000 to be added to a federal government grant of $111,725.00) and construction began in November 1935 with final completion on February 6, 1937 with a final cost of $229,000.00. At the time it was considered “a superior building” and the “pride of The Town.”
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1633 - Ipswich is settled
Ipswich was settled in 1633, making it one of the earliest English settlements in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The town played a significant role in the early days of the American colonies, and its historic buildings and landmarks are a testament to its colonial past.
Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1839 - Ipswich
Ipswich, Massachusetts
Essex county. This is one of the shire towns of the county, and a port of entry, on a river of the same name, sometimes called Agawam, the Indian name of the place. Ipswich village is very pleasant, and the country around it is well cultivated and beautifully variegated. There is a cotton mill in the town, and a number of vessels are engaged in the coasting trade and fishery. The manufactures consist of cotton goods, hosiery, vessels, leather, boots, shoes, chairs, and cabinet ware:—total annual amount, about $120,000. Ipswich is 12 miles N. by E. from Salem, 10 S. from Newburyport, and 26 N.E. by N. from Boston. First settled, 1633. Incorporated, 1634. Population, 1820, 2,553; 1837, 2,855.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - IPSWICH. [Pop. 3,000. Inc 1634.]
The Indian name of Ipswich was Agawam, and the first minister, Mr. Ward, wrote a witty satire, entitled The Simple Cobbler of Agawam.

Essex and Hamilton were formerly a part of Ipswich.

The second minister was a descendant of the martyr, John Rogers. Another minister, Mr. Hubbard, is distinguished for his History of the Indian Wars.

The principal village is built on Ipswich river, over which is a substantial Stone Bridge.

Ipswich was once celebrated for the manufacture of lace, but its chief manufactures now are shoes, and cotton goods.

Distance from Salem, 12 miles ; from Boston, 27.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Ipswich
Ipswich, a post-village, port of entry, and one of the shire-towns of Essex county, Massachusetts, is situated on both sides of a river of its own name, about 4 miles from the sea, and ou the Eastern railroad, 25 miles N. N. E. from Boston. Ipswich river affords good water-power, and at its mouth is an excellent harbor. It is crossed by a stone bridge, built in 1764, at a cost of 1000 pounds. The village is very pleasant, and contains, besides the county buildings, 3 or 4 churches, a house of correction, a county insane asylum, and a flourishing female seminary. It has several vessels engaged in the coast trade and the fisheries. The shipping of the port, June 30th, 1852, amounted to an aggregate of 521 tons enrolled and licensed. During the year one schooner of 88 tons was admeasured. Manufacturing is also carried on to some extent. The Indian name of Ipswich was Agawam, signifying fishing station. Incorporated in 1634. Population, about 3000; of the township, 3349.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
Ipswich Massachusetts, 1890
Ipswich is a pleasant seaboard town in Essex County, 27 miles northeast of Boston by the Eastern Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad. It is of triangular form, with the base on the sea. Rowley lies on the northwest, Gloucester, Essex, Hamilton and Topsfield on the south, and Boxford on the west.

Its extreme length, on a straight east and west line, is very near 10 miles, and its width on the sea about 6 miles. The assessed area is 15,290 acres; of which, 1,314 acres are woodland.

Ipswich River forms a part of the southern line; so also does Miles River farther east, then enters the Ipswich. The latter continues northeastward through the midst of the town to Plum Island River coming down from the north; the two forming Ipswich Harbor. The chief channel of this passes between Castle Neck in Ipswich, on the south, and Plum Island Bar on the north. The Ipswich is navigable for small vessels to the grain-mill, some two miles up the river. Castle Neck River also forms a part of... Read MORE...

1894 - FLAMES FANNED BY THE WIND. Firemen of Ipswich, Mass., Struggle to Save Their Town.
Three Blocks Totally Destroyed and Several Dwellings Burned.

Fire Fighters Suffered From the Bitter Cold - Sparks Carried a Half Mile.

IPSWICH, Mass., Jan. 14. - This town was visited Saturday morning by one of the worst fires in its history. Three business blocks are in ruins and three dwellings are destroyed, beside other buildings. The total loss will foot up $50,000. The firemen suffered great misery in coping with the flames, the wind blowing furiously and the thermometer being nearly down to zero.

It was about 1:30 when the fire was discovered by Arthur Howard, who look out the window of the Boston and Maine station, and saw the light of the fire in the Jewett block. He gave the alarm as soon as possible, but before the firemen could be awakened and get to the fire it was nearly 2 o;clock.

Then the chief engineer saw that he had more of a fire than he could fight successfully with his department, and he sent to the neighboring towns for help. The news arrived in... Read MORE...

1894 - House Will Be Destroyed
IPSWICH, Mass., July 21. - The black diphtheria has broken out in Ipswich. Already two children in the family of Thomas Began have died from this disease and the mother is seriously sick with it. Just as soon as the worst is over the house will be destroyed. There are several other cases in the city, but are lighter.
The Lowell Sun
Lowell, Massachusetts
July 21, 1894
1895 - Ipswich
Ipswich, a post-village of Essex co, Mass., in a town ship of the same name, on the Ipswich River, 3 miles from its entrance into the ocean, 27 miles N.N.E. of Boston, and 9 miles S. of Newburyport. It is on the Eastern Railroad, and has 4 stone bridges across the river, which here affords water-power. It contains several churches, an insane asylum, a high school, a national bank, a savings bank, 2 newspaper offices, a cotton-mill, and a woollen mill. Pop. of the township, 4439
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1899 - Lightning Strikes Steeple
Ipswich, Mass., June 16. - During a heavy storm last night lightning struck the steeple on the South Congregational church and soon the entire building was in flames. The firemen saved the main structure. Lightning also struck Caldwell's block and did some damage. The play of electricity was so general that many people were prostrated, but no serious cases have been reported.
The North Adams Transcript
North Adams, Massachusetts
June 16, 1899
1916
Ipswich, a banking post-village and township (town) of Essex co., Mass., on the Ipswich River, 3 miles from its entrance into the ocean and 27 miles NNE. of Boston, on the Boston and Maine R. The river, which here affords water-power, is crossed by several bridges. The town has manufactures of cottons and woollens, hosiery, heels, etc. Pop. in 1900, 4658.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of things to do and places to visit in Ipswich:
Crane Beach: Crane Beach is one of the most famous attractions in Ipswich. This stunning beach features miles of pristine sandy shoreline and dunes, making it a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing. The beach is also known for its scenic Crane Estate, which you can explore.

Crane Estate: The Crane Estate, also known as Castle Hill, is a historic mansion located on the grounds of Crane Beach. You can take guided tours of the mansion and its beautifully landscaped gardens. The property often hosts cultural events and outdoor concerts in the summer.

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary, managed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, offers miles of trails through diverse habitats like wetlands, forests, and fields. It's a great place for birdwatching, hiking, and nature photography.

Willowdale State Forest: Located just outside Ipswich, Willowdale State Forest provides a network of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The forest ... Read MORE...

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Genealogy Resources for Ipswich

Waters, Thomas F. Candlewood an Ancient Neighborhood in Ipswich with Genealogies of John Brown, William Fellows, and Robert Kinsman. Massachusetts: Salem Press, 1909.

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History of the town of Essex : from 1634 to 1868

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