Historic events and legends

In April of 1614, Captain John Smith sailed near Ipswich and recorded, “Here are many rising hills, and on their tops and descents are many corne fields and delightful groves." News of this pleasant land spread abroad and its rich history and legends have fascinated us for 400 years.  

Ipswich Streets, Roads and Neighborhoods

The first roads in Ipswich followed ancient paths of the Native Americans who called this place "Agawam." The English settlers built their homes in a half-mile radius of the Meeting House. In the year 1639, the General Court instructed that "all highways shall be laid out beforeth the next General Court. Every town shall choose two or three men who … Continue reading Ipswich Streets, Roads and Neighborhoods

Old North Burying Ground

The Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich, Massachusetts was established in 1634 upon the founding of the town of the town, and is one of the oldest cemeteries in North America. The Old North Burying Ground is located at the intersection of High Street and Rt 133/1A. View at Google maps. Index by map location Alphabetical index of graves … Continue reading Old North Burying Ground

Historic people

Alice Keenan wrote, "When we moved to Ipswich, this lovely old town, its long history, ancient houses and interesting people became almost an obsession. Dry names and dates mean little to me until one firms out the flesh of the past, for it's those long-ago people without whom Ipswich and its history would be dull."

Photos from Ipswich

Many of these photos were digitally developed from original glass negatives taken by three early Ipswich photographers, Arthur Wesley Dow, George Dexter, and Edward L. Darling.

Historic women of the North Shore

Colonial Ipswich was a patriarchal society, and its history is all-too-frequently written by and about men. On this site, read dozens of stories about the women of Ipswich and the North Shore area. featured Image: Mary Lyon, co-founder of the Ipswich Female Seminary

Little Neck, a photographic history

In 1639, two wealthy brothers William and Robert Paine (aka Payne) procured a grant of land in the town of Ipswich from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Ten years later William Paine. In about 1649 Robert offered to “erect an edifice for the purpose of a grammar school, provided the town or any particular inhabitant of … Continue reading Little Neck, a photographic history