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” that serves as the Visitors Center on South Main Street in Ipswich was slated for demolition in the early 80′s before it was saved by a group of local citizens. Located in the town’s South Green National Historic District, the house is open in the summer months as an art gallery and also houses the Essex Trail Visitor Center, part of the National Park Service. We welcome you to this humble structure with its wide board floors, Indian shutters and friendly hosts.
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| Ipswich Visitor Center
36 South Main Street,
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
Closed November – April