The first known post office in Ipswich was on North Main Street in the small red building across from First Church. It was built in 1763, probably as a barn or warehouse.

The Old Post Office on North Main Street

In 1775, a committee from Ipswich began meeting with other towns, from Newburyport to Danvers, regarding the establishment of a regular postal route. The Provincial Congress appointed a post office for Ipswich, and James Foster to be its keeper. The mail had been carried through Ipswich up to this time, carried by horseback on a route that took six days from Boston to Portsmouth and back again.

The Ipswich Post Office was established on May 4, 1775 with Deacon James Foster as Postmaster. Daniel Noyes succeeded him on Oct 5, 1775. He graduated at Harvard College in 1758, was the teacher of the Grammar School and was Representative to the Provincial Congress in 1774, 1775. After twenty-five years of continuous service, he was succeeded by Joseph Lord in 1800.

James Foster Postmaster 10/11/1773
Daniel Noyes Postmaster 01/05/1776
Joseph Lord Postmaster 11/25/1800
Isaac Smith Postmaster 07/01/1805
Nathan Jaques Postmaster 09/14/1807
Ammi Smith Postmaster 10/05/1818
James H. Kendall Postmaster 08/10/1829
Stephen Coburn Postmaster 08/28/1832
John H. Varrell Postmaster 04/18/1861
Joseph L. Herman Postmaster 07/20/1865
John H. Cogswell Postmaster 01/03/1868
Edward P. Kimball Postmaster 08/02/1886
Luther Wait Postmaster 07/11/1890
George A. Schofield Postmaster 08/16/1894
George P. Smith Postmaster 05/04/1898
Olive P. Smith Postmaster 12/10/1900
Luther Wait Postmaster 04/22/1902
James H. Lakeman Postmaster 05/01/1914
Charles E. Goodhue Postmaster 01/31/1923
Sylvester D. Conley Postmaster 07/10/1935
Eugene Matheson Acting Postmaster 02/15/1944
Eugene Matheson Postmaster 03/16/1945
David DeMario Acting Postmaster 04/13/1959
David DeMario Postmaster 09/21/1959
Marlene A. Kinan Officer-In-Charge 12/19/1975
John M. Warren Postmaster 07/03/1976
Paul I. Chase Officer-In-Charge 11/30/1979
David E. Hyde Postmaster 03/08/1980
Linda L. Coan Officer-In-Charge 12/27/1989
J. R. D’Allocco Postmaster 10/19/1991
Deb Tinney Officer-In-Charge 02/20/1997
Peter Golden Officer-In-Charge 05/27/1997
David R. Gamache Officer-In-Charge 11/19/1998
James D. Lance Postmaster 03/27/1999
Michael C. Quinn Postmaster 10/13/2007
At the location of the Caldwell building next to the Choate Bridge there once stood a large mill built by Dr. John Manning. The mill failed, and became  the Smith Building, where it hosted businesses and  and hosted the Ipswich Post Office until the building burned in
At the location of the Caldwell building next to the Choate Bridge there once stood a large mill built by Dr. John Manning. The mill failed, and it became a commercial building known as the Coburn Building and the Smith Building, and hosted the Ipswich Post Office for a while. In the center of the building was the variety shop kept by Mr. Stephen Coburn, who was also Post-master. The post office occupied a small room with glass windows, against which the letters for general delivery were placed, and a few private boxes. Postage was high, letters were rare, and the small volume of weekly newspapers required little space The Smith building burned in 1869 and was promptly replaced by the Caldwell Building, still standing.
By the mid 19th Century, the Post Office was in the brick building at Meeting House Green known as the Odd Fellows building. A room in the Post Office was used to recruit soldiers for the Civil War.
During Luther Wait’s first term as Postmaster, the Post Office was in a row of small shops known as the Jones Block that stood where the Christian Science Church is now. Luther Wait was appointed postmaster in 1890 but relinquished the position in 1894 and joined tens of thousands in northwestern Canada looking to strike it rich during the Klondike Gold Rush.
Around the turn of the 20th Century the Ipswich Post Office was located in the Jones Block, a row of small buildings that wrapped up the hill from the Choate Bridge to the Ipswich Female Seminary (now the location of the Christian Science Church)
Around the turn of the 20th Century the Ipswich Post Office was located in the Jones Block, a row of small buildings that wrapped up the hill from the Choate Bridge to the Ipswich Female Seminary (now the location of the Christian Science Church)
Luther Wait returned to town, probably empty-handed, and resumed his appointment as postmaster from 1902 – 1914. By that time, the Post Office had moved to Central Street, where it stayed until the current Post Office building was built on Market Street in 1939.
The current Ipswich Post Office was built in 1939 with U.S. Treasury funds.
The current Ipswich Post Office was built in 1939 with U.S. Treasury funds.

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