Attractions

Museum in Ipswich & Essex

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

This unique museum was established in 1976 as a local repository for all of the shipbuilding artifacts of Essex residents. The fascinating collections of photos, tools and ship models came from local basements and a…
Farm in Ipswich & Essex

Appleton Farms

Six miles of trails wind along old carriageways, past ancient stonewall property markers and through acres of grasslands. Farm friends dot the pastures, while wilder animals are spotted in the woodlands. The store s…
Beach in Ipswich & Essex

Crane Beach

One of the longest, widest, sandiest beaches in the region is Crane Beach, with 5.5 miles of fine-sand barrier beach on Ipswich Bay. It is set in the midst of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, so the entire surrounding are…
Historic Building in Ipswich & Essex

Cogswell's Grant

This Colonial-era farmhouse dates to 1728, and is furnished and decorated with all manner of 'country arts' from the era. The home is the product of six decades of redecorating and refurbishing by Bertram and Nina F…
Historic Site in Ipswich & Essex

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

High atop Castle Hill sits the 1920s estate of Chicago plumbing-fixture magnate Richard T Crane. The 59-room Stuart-style Great House is open for guided tours and special events. Check the website for a variety of t…
Museum in Ipswich & Essex

Ipswich Museum

Three houses comprise this village historical museum, including the 'first period' Whipple House, which dates to 1677. The bulk of the collection is in the 1800 Heard House, which also contains historic furnishings,…
Historic Building in Ipswich & Essex

Whipple House

Dating to 1677, this was the home of Captain John Whipple, a military officer and entrepreneur. Now maintained by the Ipswich Museum, it contains period furniture and many original architectural details. It is one o…