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Cemeteries & History of Ipswich, Massachusetts

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More History in Ipswich to Visit

Appleton Farms
219 County Road, Entrance at Lamson Field on Highland Street
Established in 1638 as a land grant to Samuel Appleton, Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States. Scenic views of rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, ancient stone walls, tree-lined carriage paths, and historic farm buildings are all part of the legacy of nine generations of Appleton family members kept alive through the work of The Trustees of Reservations. Open year round from dawn until dusk.

Bailey House
40 Market St
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Benjamin Grant House
47 County St.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown's Manor
115 High St.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown Stocking Mill Historic District
24--32 Broadway Ave., 3--41 Brownville Ave., 10 Burleigh Ave., 3--5 Burleigh Pl., and 35--47 Topsfield Rd
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Burnham-Patch House
1 Turkey Shore Rd.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Caldwell Block
S. Main St.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Choate Bridge
MA 133/1A over the Ipswich River (S. Main St.)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dr. John Calef House
7 Poplar St
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

East End Historic District
East St.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Giddings--Burnham House
37 Argilla Rd.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Great House at Castle Hill, The Crane Estate
Argilla Road
Centuries before becoming a grand summer estate owned by one of America's wealthiest families, Castle Hill was well known by Native Americans who called the area Agawam, referring to its rich fishery. John Winthrop, Jr., son of the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, lay claim to Castle Hill in 1637. For more than two centuries, a succession of owners farmed the land. Beginning in the 1880s, J.B. Brown transformed Castle Hill Farm from an agricultural holding into a gentleman's farm. He improved roadways and plantings and renovated his modest farmhouse into a rambling, shingle-style cottage that is now The Inn at Castle Hill. Open June 1-Oct. 28, Wed/Thurs 10am-4pm, Friday 9am-12pm; Open Columbus Day. Fees: Trustees members: free. Nonmembers: adult $10, child (6-12) and senior $8. Special Group Tours (minimum 15 people): $10 per person. Tour prices includes admission to grounds.

Greenwood Farm
Jeffrey's Neck Road
Located on a peninsula on the Ipswich River Estuary, Greenwood Farm comprises pastures, meadow, woodlands, salt marsh, and three tidal islands: Diamond Stage, Widow's, and Homestead. A trail meanders through an upland field before opening onto a broad vista of the Paine House at the edge of the marsh. The design, construction, materials, and craftsmanship of this late First Period (1694) house represent the unique style of the era. Recent archaeological investigations revealed a rare survival of an eighteenth-century milk room or dairy inside the house. In the 1640s, Robert Paine Sr. received a land grant from the Town of Ipswich for the Paine Farm. There he began a 250-year-old tradition of raising cattle, harvesting salt hay, and fishing. Grounds open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Paine House tours : June to September, Sundays, 1-5pm

Hall-Haskell House
30 South Main Street, next to Ipswich Town Hall
The Hall-Haskell House is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, in addition to giving information about Ipswich's history, the Hall-Haskell House also provides information on resources in the towns of Essex, Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, and Boxford, as well as general information about the Essex National Heritage Area. Open May 1 - Memorial Day: Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5. Memorial Day - October 31: Mon - Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5. November & December: Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5. January - April: Closed.

Heard House
54 South Main Street
John Heard (1744-1834) was a prominent Ipswich resident. He was a typical merchant with large holdings in the West Indies. In addition to a distillery, he owned a controlling interest in the Ipswich Mills. During the Revolution, he had interests in many privateering ships, and he also equipped and owned the privateer brig John.The family dwelling was built by John Heard in 1795 and was lived in by his descendants until 1953. Today, the house mingles Western and Asian cultures in an atmosphere of the China trade years. Treasures from the trade include: chests, tea-wood cabinets, chairs and tables, a beautifully gilded Buddha, and an elaborate lacquered Japanese cabinet. The Heard House Museum is the headquarters of the Ipswich Historical Society. Tours are provided from May 25 through October 22, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only) Tours begin on the hour. Last tour at 3:00 p.m.

Heard-Lakeman House
2 Turkey Shore Rd.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

High Street Historic District
High St.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

House on Labor-in-Vain Road Also known as Belosellsky House;Bellosellski House
Labor in Vain Rd.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Howe Barn
403 Linebrook Rd.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ipswich Historical Society
54 South Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938-2322
Phone: (978) 356-2811
Fax: (978) 356-2817
Email: info@ipswichmuseum.net

Ipswich Mills Historic District
Roughly bounded by Union St., Boston and Maine RR tracks, and the Ipswich River
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Isaac Goodale House
141 Argilla Rd.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

James Burnham House
37 Heartbreak Rd.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

John Whipple House
53 S. Main St.
Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Meetinghouse Green Historic District
N. Main St.
Private residences. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Merrifield House
7 Woods Lane
Private residences. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nathaniel Rust Mansion
83 County St.
Private residences. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Paine--Dodge House
49 Jeffrey's Neck Rd.
Private residences. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ross Tavern
52 Jeffrey's Neck Rd.
Private residences. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shoreborne Wilson House
4 S. Main St.
Private residence. Colonial house. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

South Green Historic District
MA 1A
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thomas Low House
36 Heartbreak Rd.
Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Turner Hill Also known as LaSalette Seminary & Shrine
315 Topsfield Rd.
Tudor Revival. Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wade House
5 Woods Lane
Federal style building. Private residence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Whipple House
1 South Village Green
The Whipple House is one of the finest examples of “first period” American architecture (1625-1725) in existence. Its original form was called a "half house," and followed the typical East Anglian house plan -- timber framed buildings that were typically built in the English region from which the Whipples originated. John Whipple (1596-1669), the patriarch of the family, arrived in America with his wife and children shortly before 1638. He became a wealthy textile merchant and a man of considerable standing in Ipswich. The oldest part of the house dates to 1677, when John Whipple's son, the military officer and wealthy entrepreneur Captain John Whipple (1625-83) constructed a single-cell, two-and-one-half-story structure with a single gable; his son, Major John Whipple (1657-1722), added twenty-four feet in length and a second gable to the house in 1690, possibly constructing the eastern part of the lean-to at that time. The lean-to was later extended to the west and raised to two stories. Tours are provided from May 25 through October 22, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only)
Tours begin on the hour. Last tour at 3:00 p.m.

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