Ipswich, Massachusetts is known as the best-preserved Puritan town in America, and is believed to have as many as 60 houses with elements of First Period construction (1620-1720). The historic neighborhoods of Meeting House Green, High Street, the East End, and the South Green offer well-preserved streetscapes of 17th to 19th century homes, and are on the National Register of Historic Places. Many people trace their roots back to Ipswich, and wish to “walk in the footsteps of their foreparents.” This Walking tours of Historic Ipswich will be led by Town Historian Gordon Harris, who tells the stories of the town’s historic houses and the people who lived in them. This tour takes from 1.5 to 2 hrs. at a moderate pace, and starts in front of the Ipswich Public Library on Meeting House Green. Current Lexington Public School Covid Protocols regarding masking and social distancing will be observed on the tour.
Gordon Harris is the Ipswich town historian and a life-long carpenter.