Along the Ipswich River, Tuesday July 18, 2017 at the Ipswich Public Library

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 … Continue reading Along the Ipswich River, Tuesday July 18, 2017 at the Ipswich Public Library

In Congress, July 4, 1776

Featured image: "Declaration of Independence," oil on canvas by John Trumbull, 1818. IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776   The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among … Continue reading In Congress, July 4, 1776

Abbott Lowell Cummings, author of “The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay”

Featured image: Abbott Lowell Cummings, photo courtesy of Historic New England. From Antiques and the Arts Weekly: Abbott Lowell Cummings, 94: Abbott Lowell Cummings, the leading authority of Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Century (“First Period”) architecture in the American Northeast and author of The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay (Harvard University Press, 1979) died early May … Continue reading Abbott Lowell Cummings, author of “The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay”

Willowdale Mansion Tour

Willowdale Estate, Bradley Palmer State Park Monday June 26, 2017, 10:00-11:00am Meet a Park Interpreter in the Willowdale Estate parking lot at 24 Asbury Street, Topsfield, MA 01983 for a FREE tour. Here’s your chance to go inside Bradley W. Palmer’s “Willow Dale” mansion for a unique guided tour. Now a venue for events and weddings (willowdaleestate.com), … Continue reading Willowdale Mansion Tour

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Life in the Summer of Polio

Photo by Peter Zaharis from the 1956 Ipswich Town Report. Before introduction of the Salk polio vaccine in 1955, there were tens of thousands of new cases of polio annually in the United States, many resulting in paralysis. In the following year, new cases had been cut in half, and by 1961 there were just over … Continue reading Life in the Summer of Polio

Lakemans Lane and Fellows Road a Century Ago, And How They Changed

by Charlotte Lindgren One hundred years ago, Lakemans Lane was a narrow dirt road lined by stone walls. About a mile beyond Parting Paths, then called Whittier's Corner, (for the now demolished homestead of the large Whittier family) the lane connected County and Essex Roads. It was bisected by Fellows Road which led to Candlewood. … Continue reading Lakemans Lane and Fellows Road a Century Ago, And How They Changed

Historic Ipswich slideshow, Saturday May 20, Ipswich Public Library

I've put together a collection of historic photos of Ipswich for a slide show program this Saturday May 20, 2017, 1 PM in the Collins Room at the Ipswich Public Library. The theme is how the town center changed over the years. The photographs start at the South Green, head up North Main and Meeting House … Continue reading Historic Ipswich slideshow, Saturday May 20, Ipswich Public Library