Historic Ipswich on the Massachusetts North Shore

Ipswich Visitor Center

Ipswich, 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 MA Bridging History

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

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Open House - Ipswich Thanksgiving Open House Listings Link  Please check listing as times may vary
Ipswich is First Period 2017 Ipswich is First…Period: November 17-19, 2017 - Please check listing as times may vary
"The Artisans of Ipswich" Robert Tarule Sunday Nov. 19: “The Artisans of Ipswich” with Robert Tarule - As part of this year’s “Ipswich is First…Period” celebrations, the Ipswich Historical Commission will present a a talk by Robert Tarule, “The Artisans of Ipswich: The Men Who Made our Town.” Robert Tarule’s book, The Artisan of Ipswich: Craftsmanship and Community in Colonial New England is the only book-length study of Thomas Dennis, the most famous of […]