The purple storm of March 13, 1853

Recalling a Singular Storm which Startled People 51 Years Ago Published: September 28, 1884, The New York Times Correspondent writing from Bass Harbor, Mt. Desert Island, ME "I don't believe there has been a thunderstorm that I have witnessed for the past 30 years," said a gentleman of this city, "which has not given me … Continue reading The purple storm of March 13, 1853

Jake Burridge, the sailor

Featured image: 2014 photo of Jake Burridge, courtesy Ipswich Chronicle. Original color photo by Kirk Williamson. In October, 2016 I was privileged to speak with Jake Burridge, a legendary 99-year-old Ipswich native. His wife Marsha graciously shared photos for this story. Jake grew up on Linebrook Rd., where he received his earliest education at the one-room Linebrook School. … Continue reading Jake Burridge, the sailor

Ipswich Mills Dam video

This video was taken last summer during the Ipswich Mill Dam drawdown, which coincidentally occurred duirng the worst part of the summer drought. The video describes the investigation that was conducted at that time of the dam's structure, and a study of the feasibility of removing the dam. Field work is complete, and a public … Continue reading Ipswich Mills Dam video

The 2016 Ipswich drought

Based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Palmer Drought Severity Index, the three-month period between May 1 and July 31 was the driest for those three months in Massachusetts since 1966 and the ninth driest on record. Due to the shortage of rainfall and continued high water demand, the Ipswich Water Department issued a Drought … Continue reading The 2016 Ipswich drought

Which Switch is the Switch, Miss, for Ipswich?

I've just had a row with a telephone girl, a telephone girl, my brain's in a whirl. I asked her for Ipswich, but she lost her head, And somehow she switch'd me on Northwich instead. She got so mix'd up with the switches, it's true, That I got annoyed and I cried, "Tell me, do!" (Chorus) … Continue reading Which Switch is the Switch, Miss, for Ipswich?

Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting, Hamilton MA

The Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting on Asbury St. n Hamilton is listed in the National Register of Historic Districts, and has a collection of historic buildings that were built between 1870 and 1960. The land is owned by the Association, while the houses owned individually by the residents. 12,000 people, most from Boston, attended the first camp … Continue reading Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting, Hamilton MA

The old tool guys Jake Burridge and Jim Giannakakis visit the Heard House

Paul Valcour heads down to the Ipswich Heard House and gets a lesson on old farm tools from Jake Burridge & Jim Giannakakis. Presented by Ipswich ICAM.