Field Trip: Capt. John Whipple House c. 1677, Ipswich, MA
I feel so blessed to live in the history mecca that is New England. Although I am more familiar with all things New London County (CT), taking a local field trip to the Whipple House in Ipswich, MA was on my "To Do" list because it really helps with my Huntington family writing project, (especially the second generation: Simon Huntington II and his wife Sarah Clarke Huntington). The large town of Ipswich is a "must see" on any history-themed visits to Massachusetts. It claims more First Period (1626-1725) houses than any other town in America.
Visit https://historicipswich.org/12-green-street/ for information about all of these great old American treasures.
Anyway, my recent visit was to continue my obsessive quest to observe what life could have been like for these first and second generation English settlers--particularly Simon II and Sarah. Here are some of my lame pictures:
Then it was onto the circa 1657 Knight house, a reproduction early First Period home, the first type of real home a Puritan would have built. They were very small, crude shelters. This gem is 16 x 12 feet and based on records found in Ipswich Archives. Very rare!! Similar to the structures at Pioneer Village in Salem, MA as well as Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA. It has a loft with ladder leading up to it.
Had a fantastic tour led by the knowledgable Prudy Markos of Historic Ipswich.