is5mca76mwejoc1000000000The 1750 cape saltbox at 57 High Street was built by Robert Stone and has many original features including wide pine floors. The separate workshop/barn  on the northwest corner is believed to be a former cobbler shop, once connected to the house. The first deed mentioning this little “Cape” dates to 1807 (182:292), when Robert Stone sold the house to William Robbins. Stylistic features, such as vertical feather edge sheathing, indicated the early construction of the house. William Rust bought the house in 1851 and his heirs occupied the estate into the 20th century. The house was renovated in 1969-70.

The “Abraham Lummus” house, 57 High Street, photo believed to be from the 1800’s.  The small wing  appears to be the same building that was once the once a cobbler shop. It was  detached and moved to edge of the lot on the northwest side of the house.

The very old photograph above was shared by Lucy Ardell Kimball in 1958 and identifies this as the “Abraham Lummus house,” She noted that Massachusetts judge Henry Lummus was born here. (State records indicate that Judge Henry Tilton Lummus was born in Lynn.) Thomas Franklin Waters wrote in Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, “Isaac Lummus bequeathed the western half of the old Jonathan Lummus homestead to his nephews John and Abraham, sons of William Lummus approved 1849. Abram Lummus son of Abraham and other heirs sold to John C. Low May 12, 1882 and it is described as still containing eight acres more or less. It was sold by him to John B. Brown and by Mr. Brown to Chester W Bamford. It was built in all probability during the Lummus ownership. The small piece adjoining the Wallis Rust land was sold by Capt John Hodgkins to his son John, and sold by Caroline E. Hodgkins to Olive R. Ross Nov 5, 1869. John Leander Gaudette and his wife Ida lived in this house in the early 1900’s.

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The Stone Rust house at the MACRIS site
John Leander Gaudette and his wife Ida, who are believed to have lived in this house in the 1800's, standing with Ipswich firemen.
John Leander Gaudette and his wife Ida, who lived in this house in the early 1900’s, standing with Ipswich firemen. Photo courtesy of Pam Bruzen.
Ida Goddit (Gaudette) in front of her home, early 1900's/
Ida Goditt (Gaudette) in front of her home, early 1900’s. Photo courtesy of Pam Bruzen.
The Stone-Rust house is on the left in this photo from the early 1900's, provided by
The Stone-Rust house is on the left. This photo from the early 1900’s was taken by the Gaudette family, Photo courtesy of Pam Bruzen.

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