The house at 21 High Street is said to be on the site of the home built by early settler Robert Lord who arrived in late 1634.
Robert Lord was born in Sudbury, England in 1603 and was one of the earliest settlers of Ipswich, arriving in late 1634 or early 1635 with his wife Mary Waite. He took the Freeman’s oath in Boston March 3, 1635/6. They had four children with them when they arrived and had five more in Ipswich. Robert Lord served as town clerk from 1636 until his death in 1683. He was also Marshal or Sheriff until succeeded by his son Robert on March 27 1660. (source).
The son Robert Lord Jr. is said to have been short but strong and fearless, serving for over twenty years in the Indian wars, and the subject of an interesting legend. The local Indians proposed to decide a dispute with the settlers by a wrestling match. Robert Lord walked to the front as champion of the colonists. The Indians selected the most seven foot tall member of their tribe. The two men were to meet at full run. The Indian was thrown repeatedly upon the earth several times and they fully acknowledging defeat.
This fine house was built circa 1750 during the Georgian architectural era by Mark Haskell, an Ipswich cabinet-maker. Daniel Lord married Eunice, the daughter of Mark Haskell, and Haskell conveyed to him the house and an acre of land in 1767. When Daniel Lord died in 1780, his will bequeathed the southeast half to his widow Eunice, and the northwest half to his nephew Joseph, son of his brother Nathaniel. (source: page 382, Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.)
Some federal details were added in the 19th century, and the house was recently restored. View Macris