Ipswich Museum Audio Tour

Walk through History at I.M.

Ipswich Museum Audio Tour

Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938, United States

Created By: Ipswich Museum

Tour Information

Take yourself on a walking tour of the grounds of the Ipswich Museum and unearth the histories of the people, houses, industries and events that make Ipswich a fascinating place to be.

Funding provided by the Ipswich Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

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What You'll See on the Tour

Built in 1795-1800, the Federalist style Heard house was home to John Heard, his children, and later his grandchildren.  The house is now home to the staff offices and the permanent collection of the Ipswich Museum, which includes artifac... Read more
The carriage barn houses antique carriages of several types. It is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm during tour season in summer and fall.
This railroad shanty is a well-preserved example of a 19th century tender that once stood at the crossing on Topsfield Rd. in downtown Ipswich. 
The Greenhead Fly was produced by artist Joshua Gerloff in 2009. 
The stone wall at the south corner of the museum property is actually the stone foundation from a church that once stood in this spot.
Built around 1677, the Whipple House is a first period home that has been designated as a National Historic Site by the National Park Service. 
The housewife's garden offers a glimpse of a typical 17th century garden grown for use in cooking, medicine, and other home remedies.
A cordwainer's shop from 1740, relocated from its original location at the back of the Bradstreet House to the Ipswich Museum grounds in 1968. 
A replica of the modest house owned by Alexander Knight in 1657. The house is typical of the modest dwellings used by early settlers in Ipswich in the 17th century.
This land was designated as a conservation area in the 1970s. It is currently undergoing work to restore pollinator habitats. Use the inaturalist app on your phone to take pictures, identify plant species, and upload your observations to an... Read more
This stop provides brief histories of indigenous people in Ipswich, as well as the industries that operated along the Ipswich river beginning in the 17th century.


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