Ipswich Visitor Center

The Hall Haskell House is the Ipswich Massachusetts Visitor CenterIpswich Visitor Center
36 South Main Street,
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
(978) 356-8540

Hours: 9am to 5pm
May: Open Saturday & Sunday
Memorial Day through October: Open 7 days a week
November – April: Closed

Ipswich 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. Lace and stocking making became important industries, and the industrial revolution brought immigrants here to work. 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.” Today Ipswich is known for beautiful Crane Beach and has more early 17th century “First Period” colonial homes than any other community in the country.

The “Little Red House” is at the heart of our town, found on the Ipswich South Green, 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.

Brief history of the Hall – Haskell House

Map to the Ipswich Visitors Center

Rent an audio walking tour of Ipswich

Join a guided walking tour of historic Ipswich

Visit us on Facebook to discover all the wonderful things happening throughout the year in Ipswich, the birthplace of American Independence.

The Ipswich Visitor Center is supported by

Town of Ipswich

Essex Heritage
Essex National 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. Realtors
Windhill Realty
Ipswich Family YMCA
The Inn at Castle Hill
Ipswich Inn
The Computer Doctor

8 comments on “Ipswich Visitor Center
  1. Hi,
    I am a oil painter and a friend of mine told me about your visitor’s center. I was wondering if you would be interested in showing some of my work.
    Please view my website and let me know if you would like to see any of my paintings.
    I apologize for the quality of my pictures. I have a professional photographer coming this weekend to take better ones.
    If you have any questions, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Cheryl Arsenault

    • Kerrie Bates says:

      If you are interested in exhibiting your work at the Ipswich Visitor Center, please contact Stephanie at (978) 356-4809. The gallery is let directly to artists for a one week period.

  2. Dan LePage says:

    MY WIFE ARE PLANNING TO VISIT Ipswich mass for a weekend! PATTY IS FROM IPSWICH,eNGLAND! WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE BEST PLACES TO STAY,attractions, shopping nice places to eat and thinge we could accomplish in a weekend stay.

    Thank You
    Dan LePage
    100 Hillside ave.
    Auburn,Maine 04210

    • Kerrie Bates says:

      How wonderful that you are planning to come to Ipswich! I hope you have found our website informative. What kind of activities are you most interested in? There are plenty of outdoor opportunities, historical walks and museums, and events. When do you plan to be in Ipswich?







  4. Erica says:

    I am intrested in becoming part of the sand dollar event.

    • Kerrie Bates says:

      Re: Ipswich Sand Dollars Interest: Yeah! Great! Please call Susan DeMarle (978) 609-1202 when you have your donation ready. Gift certificates are preferred we want to get Winners into your store. If you can get it to us before May 1, we will use it in the display case in the Ipswich Public Library to inspire others to donate to the project. If you have any questions call Kerrie Bates 978 375 0324. We are so excited about this project! People are loving it! The press is going to love this feel good story! Thanks for your generosity & community spirit! Kerrie

  5. Joel Farnham says:

    I had a great time in Ipswich last week. The visitor center was very helpful with guiding me to the old cemeteries. I thoroughly enjoyed the tours of the Heard & Whipple homes given by Bob. I also enjoyed the contrast of the Ipswich landscape to my home state, New Mexico. Thank you.

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