Ipswich is a coastal town in Essex County, Massachusetts 28 miles Northeast of Boston. Home to Willowdale State Forest and Sandy Point State Reservation, Ipswich includes the southern part of Plum Island. Along with a great school system, Ipswich offers a close residential community with a vibrant tourism industry. The town is famous for its clams, celebrated annually at the Ipswich Chowderfest, and for Crane Beach, a barrier beach near the Crane estate. It’s downtown center offers local businesses and restaurants. The historic streetscapes of Ipswich are lined with First Period, Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian homes. Ipswich is recognized for its important collection of historic buildings. The Ipswich City Council joins with many people in the belief that this is a precious resource which will be an ever increasing asset to the City.
Enjoy a concert on the beautiful landscape of Castle Hill. Relax at the picturesque Crane Beach. Enjoy hiking or camping at the Ipswich River Wildlife sanctuary, or Bradley Palmer State Park.
The Ipswich School System is made up of: Paul F. Doyon Elementary and Winthrop Elementary schools (K – 5). The middle school and high school are housed in the same building and share the library, the cafeteria, performing arts facilities and athletic resources (tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a football field, and a running track). Ipswich High School (IHS) has been considered one of the best public high schools in the Boston area. The Ipswich Public Schools also have what is considered one of the best performing arts programs. IHS offers college-prep, honors, and AP-level classes. IHS has one of the highest graduation rates in Massachusetts.