This home at 16 County St. was built circa 1725-26. Capt. Abraham Knowlton was a jointer and a member of the woodworkers fraternity in 18th century Ipswich. The work of these artisans was very sophisticated according to Sue Nelson, who wrote Capt. Abraham Knowlton, Joiner, and the Seminal Woodworkers of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Abraham Knowlton House, Ipswich MA
Abraham Knowlton house before reconstruction

The house was in poor condition and abandoned during a lengthy dispute about demolishing it to expand the (now closed) Caldwell Nursing Home. In 2003 it was restored and turned into condominiums by Ipswich architect Matthew Cummings.

The Abraham Knowlton house on County Street would have been torn down to build a parking lot if it had not been saved by builder Matt Cummings.
The Abraham Knowlton house on County Street would have been torn down to build a parking lot if it had not been saved by builder Matt Cummings.

Abraham Knowlton hand-carved a pulpit which is still considered to be masterpiece. The pulpit was about six feet tall and overhead was the sounding board. The pulpit and sounding board remained in the church until it was razed to build the Old North Church in 1846. The plan for the new church differed in style and the pulpit and sounding board were not included into the design, so they were stored in the belfry of the new church steeple, which is where they remained until the church burned in 1965. Fortunately, the items were not seriously damaged and are displayed in the current First church balcony.