A Brief History of Ipswich, MA
Coastal Byway Miles: 5.8 Miles
Early residents of Ipswich were farmers, fishermen, shipbuilders, and traders. By the mid-1700s, wharfs and storehouses lined the Ipswich River shores along with salt watchers, tannery, and shipbuilding operations. In 1868, the town became the largest stocking maker in the country. Ipswich’s water-powered mill industries prospered during the Industrial Revolution. Many First Period houses are still standing and occupied today – more than any other community in the country.
Exploring Ipswich From The Byway
Those who love coastal nature will be right at home in Ipswich. Here, Byway travelers can find miles of scenic walking trails, state reservations, and farmlands. The sprawling marshlands, the coastline, and the Ipswich River provides breathtaking views of their own. Additionally, be sure to visit the beautiful Castle Hill and Crane Beach on the Crane Estate. Ipswich, MA also features plenty of historical buildings and museums for history buffs to explore.