In 1962, the oldest town in New England, Plymouth, Massachusetts, approved the clearance of 30 acres along Summer and High streets. Thus, one of the oldest neighborhoods of First Period homes in North America fell victim to urban renewal. By 1970, 105 Plymouth buildings dating from the 17th to the 20th century had been demolished, replaced by middle-income apartments and a tourist hotel.
It has been estimated that less than 400 houses from the First Period of English architecture (pre-1725) remain standing in America. 59 of them are in Ipswich, with clusters of First Period homes on High St, County St., and Summer St, and throughout the town.
A search for pre-1725 Plymouth houses on the Massachusetts Historical Commission site MACRIS reveals a total of 12 remaining First Period houses.
|PLY.1718||19 Bradford St||c 1705|
|PLY.129||Clifford – Warren House||3 Clifford Rd||c 1695|
|PLY.1614||Morey, William – Phillips, Thomas House||52-54 Court St||c 1710|
|PLY.1701||4 Emerald St||c 1700|
|PLY.33||Lucas, Samuel – Howland, Thomas House||36 North St||c 1640|
|PLY.117||Howland, Jabez House||33 Sandwich St||1667|
|PLY.119||Harlow Old Fort House||119 Sandwich St||c 1700|
|PLY.65||Dotey, Thomas House||131 Sandwich St||c 1700|
|PLY.66||Churchill, Joseph House||250 Sandwich St||r 1680|
|PLY.45||Cornish House – Pine Valley||310 Sandwich St||1719|
|PLY.118||Sparrow, Richard House||42 Summer St||1640|
|PLY.77||Church, Nathaniel House||46 Summer St||c 1684|