North Main Street starts up the hill directly across from Market Street, bears left at Meetinghouse Green and continues to an abrupt stop at the point where High Street and East Street merge. This neighborhood was once the religious, governmental and commercial center of Ipswich. During the seventeenth century, a meeting house, jail, fort, town pound and stocks were located here. Later the Post Office, Probate Court, Ipswich Female Seminary, Agawam Hotel and several commercial structures surrounded the Green. The most successful businessmen in Ipswich built fine Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian homes on North Main Street.

Ipswich woodcut,1838 attributed to S. E. Brown.
Ipswich woodcut, 1838 attributed to S. E. Brown.
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Shops once lined the foot of North Main Street, about where the Christian Science Church is now.
Postmaster Luther Wait standing in front of the Post Office that was at one time in the group of low buildings shown in the photo above.
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The old Gothic style Congregational Church is in the center of this view of the North Green. The Ebenezer Stanwood house on the left is currently being renovated.
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Left to right, the Nathaniel Wait house, the Methodist ChurchOdd Fellows Building,  Ipswich Public Library, and the Ascension Church visible behind the Library.
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The Odd Fellows Building and Methodist Church are almost unchanged today. The “Devil’s Footprint” is embedded in these rocks in front of First Church.
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Meeting House Green, rear side. The Captain Israel Pulcifer house and to its right is the Rev. David Kimball house.
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The Charles Kimball House with the four chimneys still stands. The two buildings on the right were removed to build the Colonial Building.

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Looking back toward the North Green, Summer Street is on the left. Su The large “Dodge House” on the left was torn down in the late 19th Century and replaced by the beautiful Victorian house built by George Farley. The James Brown house was once part of the large building on the right, which was divided into separate sections.
The Dodge house once stood at the corner of North Main St. and Summer St.
The Dodge house once stood at the corner of North Main St. and Summer St.

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North Main Street across from Meeting House Green. Shown here left to right are the white brick William Pulcifer house, the pink  Dr. John Manning house, the red Old Post Office, and the brown  Captain Brewer house.
The Dodge house at the corner of North Main and Summer Streets, on the left, was replaced by a Queen Ann Victorian home.
Looking north on North Main St. The Agawam house still stands, but has lost its glory.
Looking north on North Main Street, the Agawam House with the Victorian tower still stands, but has lost its glory.


Houses and Structures in the Meeting House Green / North Main St. Historic District

Address Historic name Built Post
2 Meetinghouse Joseph Farley 1842 Read
6 Meetinghouse Capt. Israel Pulcifer 1812 Read
8 Meetinghouse David T. Kimball 1808 Read
12Meetinghouse 1st Church Vestry 1790 IPS109
2 North Main John Appleton 1707 Read
8 North Main E. Stanwood 1747 Read
12 North Main Christian Wainwright 1741 Read
16 North Main Stephen Coburn 1845 Read
18 North Main Charles Kimball 1834 Read
19 North Main Thomas Manning 1799 Read
21 North Main T.F. Cogswell 1880 Read
22 North Main Colonial Building 1904 IPS88
25 North Main Public Library 1869 Read
26 North Main Agawam House 1806 Read
29 North Main Odd Fellows Bldg 1817 Read
31 North Main Methodist Church 1859 Read
33 North Main Nathaniel Wait 1859
34 North Main William Pulcifer 1836 Read
36 North Main Dr. John Manning 1765 Read
38 North Main Old Post Office 1825 Read
40 North Main Captain James Brewer 1825 Read
42 North Main John Johnson 1871 Read
45 North Main Isaac Flitcher 1825 Read
47 North Main George Farley 1888 Read
48 North Main Thomas Morley 1750 IPS111
49 North Main John Chapman l770 Read
50 North Main. James Brown 1720 Read
51 North Main Sarah Lord 1849 Read
52 North Main Treadwell-Hale 1769 Read
56 North Main Manning – Dodge 1854
57 North Main Day-Dodge 1737 Read
58 North Main Richard Rogers 1728 Read
2 Green St Perkins 1863 IPS483
6 Warren St View 1875
8 Warren St David Grady 1720 Read
12 Warren St View 1700 Read
15 Warren St View 1876

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