Town Historian Gordon Harris will present a slideshow of 19th and early 20th Century photos of the Ipswich River by George Dexter, Edward Darling and Arthur Wesley Dow. The slideshow will take about 45 minutes, and then we’ll take a short walk along the river to see those places today. Many of the photos are from glass plate negatives courtesy of Bill Barton and Robert Cronin, developed into high-resolution images by Gordon Harris.

Location: Collins Room, ground floor, Ipswich MA Public Library

Date and time: Tuesday July 18, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm.

Admission: free

As early as 1641, this area was built up with wharves for shipping. Some of the many items shipped were lumber, lime, sand, coal and granite. Over time there were many individuals involved in the shipping industry here. A continuous wharf wall was built in 1865. In 1663, a brewery and warehouse were built here. The large boulder in the river across from the wharf is known as Ring Bolt Rock. It was used by ships to navigate the turn in the narrow channel. At the end of Agawam Avenue was another shipyard operated by the Choate Family. There was a wharf on the other side of the river in 1692, Early settler Daniel Hovey built a wharf along the river below Tansey Lane. (from An Industrial History of the Ipswich River by John Stump)


Ringbolt rock, boats and wharves. Photo by George Dexter

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