Walking tours of historic Ipswich are led on weekends by Gordon Harris, the Town Historian. There is no set charge but gratuities are appreciated. Contact Gordon about arranging a tour for groups. Scheduled tours are shown in the calendar below. Please reserve by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An online Walking Tour of Historic Ipswich is a self-guided walk with stops at historic sites. Visit the South Green, the East End, High Street and return through the Meetinghouse Green Historic District. Along the way, read stories about life in America’s best-preserved Puritan town. View First and Second Period homes and other interesting architecture, and explore the unique geography of our town. This tour starts across the river from the Ipswich Visitors Center at the nearby Ipswich Riverwalk Mural behind the EBSCO buildings and Zumi’s.
- View the comprehensive 4-mile Historic Ipswich tour online
- View the mobile (smart phone) version
- Download/Print the complete tour as a PDF document (3 mb)
On the tour you’ll walk through four neighborhoods in Ipswich that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- The South Green was originally known as School House Green. For two centuries the South Green served as a military training ground and the first schools in Ipswich were located nearby.
- The East End is the oldest neighborhood in Ipswich and includes East Street, Water Street, Summer Street, County Street, Green Street, Hovey Street and Turkey Shore.
- Meetinghouse Green on Town Hill was the governmental center for Puritan Ipswich. Dwellings had to be within one half mile of the Meeting House. North Main Street is lined with elegant homes built by the leaders of the town.
- High Street features well-preserved 17th, 18th, and 19th Century homes which served as taverns, stores, or craftsman’s shops.
Self-guided Audio Walking Tour: Audio tour available at the Ipswich Visitors Center
Walking tour Pamphlet (read online): A brief walking tour of selected historic places and houses in Ipswich.