The Rev. Levi Frisbie of First Church built this house on County Street.

Rev. Frisbie’s home

This house at 15 County Street was built in 1788 by the Rev. Levi Frisbie, who was for thirty years Pastor of the First Church in Ipswich and this was his home, which may sit on the foundation of a much older house. He held the pastorate thirty years and died Feb. 25, 1806, having received Rev. David Tenney Kimball as…

The house formerly at 16 Elm St. in Ipswich MA is now at the Smithsonian.

Abraham Choate House, 16 Elm St. (Now at Smithsonian)

In 1963 Kay Thompson and Helen Lunt, two housewives, recognized that chapters of American history, written within the walls of a simple clapboard house slated for destruction in Ipswich, Massachusetts, were in peril. Through their efforts, the historic house was relocated to the Smithsonian where it still resides as the Museum’s largest single artifact on permanent display.…

Alexander Knight house

The sad story of Alexander Knight

The Alexander Knight House next to the Whipple House on South Green is a re-creation of an early, English-style timber frame house from 1657 as described in Ipswich town records. This exhibit was built with traditional tools, materials and construction methods of the First Period, complete with a stone foundation, timber frame, wattle and daub chimney,…

Gavin Keenan's pink flamingos.

Pink Flamingos, “more musings from a musty mind”

A story by Gavin Keenan Dizzy from an overdose of what passes for news these days; terrorism, endless war, social upheaval, political blandness, “The Donald’s” mouth, Kim Kardashian’s butt (Old news I know, but cheeky nonetheless) vanishing species, etc., etc., one could reasonably conclude that our world is headed to hell in a handbasket. And it…

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A photographic history of Lords Square

The configuration of Lord’s Square is similar to the South Green. Both carry Rt. 1A and 133 and both are winding streets lined with historic houses with a cemetery nearby. South Green once had a grocery and school buildings as well. Lord’s Square is in the General Business zoning district and historically was a commercial…