Ipswich Visitor Center

IVCLogoIpswich 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

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 Riverwalk mural

The Ipswich Mural illustrates 375 years of history in an American Town. Located downtown, on the Ipswich Riverwalk.

Ipswich, Massachusetts was founded in 1633 on land that the native Indians called “Agawam.” The small settlement benefited from proximity to the ocean, abundant fresh water, excellent fishing and fertile soil. In 1689 Ipswich residents revolted against arbitrary rule by the British Crown, for which the town is referred to as the “Birthplace of American Independence.” With the industrial revolution lace and stocking making became important industries bringing immigrants here to work. Today Ipswich is celebrated for her Great Marsh clams, Crane Beach, the Ipswich River and stone arch bridges including Americas oldest double stone arch bridge, The Choate, and for having more “First Period” houses, 1620 – 1720, than any other town in the nation.

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