Ipswich, Bridging HistoryIpswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1633 on land that the Native Americans called “Agawam.” Today Ipswich is celebrated for her Great Marsh clams, Crane Beach, four stone arch bridges over the Ipswich River, and its quaint streets lined with “First Period” houses, more than any other town in the nation.

The Ipswich Visitor Center, located in the 1820 Hall-Haskell House sits at the heart of our town on the Center Green, in one of several national historic districts in town. The Hall Haskell House operates, in season, as both an art gallery and welcome center. Conveniently located on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, part of the Essex National Heritage Areas network of Visitor Information Centers, we provide an abundance of maps and brochures. Well curated internet information offers up to date area event listings, interactive maps and an array of indexed resources. It is important to note that the Ipswich Visitor Center is staffed entirely by volunteers, friendly and well informed, easily encouraged to share a story or two, some historical, some hysterical.

Ipswich Visitor Center
36 South Main Street,
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
(978) 356-8540

OPEN: 9am to 5pm

  • Weekends in May
  • Seven Days a week in Season, Memorial Day through October
  • Closed: November – April
  • View at Google Maps

Upcoming Events

Ipswich Illumination Ipswich Art Show and Illumination, September 29 – October 1, 2017 - The 31st Annual Art Show and Sale,  September 29th – October 1st, 2017 Applications for Artists to submit their works to the Art Show can be found at Zenobia and at the Ipswich Public Library. Registration forms are online also online through the Ipswich Cultural Council Facebook page. Deadline is Tuesday, September 19th Download registration form Ipswich…
Open Doors of Ipswich, Saturday September 23: 10 am to 4 pm - The Open Doors of Ipswich house tour showcases a large range of architectural styles, from First Period to modern. Proceeds from the tour benefit projects throughout Ipswich related to beautification and tourism. Purchase 2017 House Tour Tickets Foster Grant house sits on a visible remnant of one of Ipswich’s oldest thoroughfares – Annable’s Lane, nestled alongside modern Summer Street. …

Photos of Ipswich by David “Stoney” Stone

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essex_heritageThe Ipswich Visitor Center is supported by

Town of Ipswich, Essex Heritage, Institution for Savings, First Ipswich Bank, The Trustees of Reservations, North of Boston, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, J. Barrette & Co. Realtor, Windhill Realty, The Open Doors of Ipswich, Ipswich Family YMCA, The Inn at Castle Hill, Ipswich Inn, The Computer Doctor