For several decades, only the parking lot remained, visible from County Rd….

The George E. Barnard estate of Ipswich was originally a small four room farmhouse owned by Anthony Potter. It passed through several hands, with each owner adding more to the building. In 1899 it was renovated by George Edward Barnard, a manufacturer of fine shoes and slippers with factories in Lynn, Massachusetts and it became one of the fine estates of Essex County.

In 1949, Jane Marchisio opened the Marguery Restaurant in the former estate, and it became one of the finest eating places on the North Shore. It was totally gutted by fire in September, 1975.

The location is now the site of the new Residence at Riverbend for senior living.

The Potter farmhouse
The old Potter farmhouse
The Barnard Estate greatly expanded the old Potter farmhouse
The Barnard Estate greatly expanded the Potter farmhouse
The Marguery Restaurant
The Marguery Restaurant
Aerial view of the Riverbend Estate, still remembered as the Marguery Restaurant
Aerial view of the Riverbend Estate, remembered by many as the Marguery Restaurant

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The Residence at Riverbend now occupies the former site of the Riverbend estate/Marguery Restaurant. Turn the pages below to read the story of Riverbend, written by Mary Harrod Northend in 1915

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