Photos from Ipswich

Many of these photos were digitally developed from original glass negatives taken by three early Ipswich photographers, Arthur Wesley Dow, George Dexter, and Edward L. Darling.


Historic women of the North Shore

Stories on this site about women from Ipswich and the North Shore area featured Image: Mary Lyon, co-founder of the Ipswich Female Seminary

Martin Luther King

An MLK Day Reflection – “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”

by Helen Breen Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first established as a national holiday by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. THE LAST SPEECH On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., flew into Memphis, Tennessee to support striking African American sanitation workers in the midst of a bitter strike. Rumors of death … Continue reading An MLK Day Reflection – “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”

William J. Barton wrote: This picture was taken from Turkey Shore Road from a point by Ausgustin H. Plouff's or Chester Bowles' house. On the extreme left is the Lower Mill, which at time was a woolen mill. Behind the barn on the left is the Ipswich Girls Seminary Building, and the North Congregational parish house. On North Main St. is the flag pole at the soldiers monument where each morning since 1910 someone from the Post Office would put up the flag. The flags were furnished by the weather bureau, telling what the weather would be. In back of the trees can be seen the Damon Building on County St. The white house sat on the side of the Episcopal Church. Next are the steeples of the North Congregational and Methodist churches.The white house on the right with the mansard roof was built by William Willcomb, owned afterwards by his daughter Mrs. Carrie Angus.The Methodist Parsonage at 27 County St. is to the right. Photo by Edward L. Darling.

19th Century: Religion divided the town

Excerpts from Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by Thomas Franklin Waters The Congregational Church The Congregational Church, founded by the first settlers, maintained the old order for many generations in undisputed supremacy. From time to time, as the population increased, as has been noted, new Parishes within the Town limits had been established, in … Continue reading 19th Century: Religion divided the town


Moll Pitcher, the fortune-teller of Lynn and Marblehead

By Sidney Perley, published March 1899 in the Essex Antiquarian "Moll Pitcher," the famous fortune-teller of Lynn, has no birth record. So the place of her first appearance in life cannot be thus determined. The tenement house, known as the " Old Brig," situated at the junction of Pond and Orne streets in Marblehead, is the reputed birthplace. The … Continue reading Moll Pitcher, the fortune-teller of Lynn and Marblehead


A folly and a barn for free

In the early 20th Century,  a small building that can best be described as a "folly" was built on Labor in Vain Road past Gould's Creek, and an old post and beam barn was moved across the road. The salt marsh  rises almost to the rear of the barn, and the new flood plain maps indicate that both … Continue reading A folly and a barn for free

Andover in the Civil War

Andover in the Civil War

The Spirit and Sacrifice of a New England Town They departed Boston in August 1861 to a cheering crowd and the tune of "John Brown's Body." Though some of these Andover soldiers would not "see the elephant" (gaining experience in of the world though war) until two years later, more than a quarter of them would … Continue reading Andover in the Civil War


The Civil War Monument

Photograph by George Dexter, circa 1900; story by Harold Bowen, "Tales of Old Ipswich," 1975 Each Memorial Day for the last 15 years it has been my job to decorate the different monuments in town early in the morning. This year, I couldn't help but think of the many changes that have taken place at the … Continue reading The Civil War Monument