Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Ipswich, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Ipswich.
Ipswich Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Ipswich was ranked 202nd in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 220th in 2012. However, it was 226th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 218th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Ipswich
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Ipswich area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (200 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
Origin of Ipswich
The town of Ipswich was founded on land that was originally home to Native American tribes who called the area Agawam. Founded by a group led by John Winthrop Jr., whose father was one of the original settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, Ipswich was incorporated on August 5, 1634. It was named for a town in England the former home of many of its settlers. By 1646 almost 800 people lived in the town, many of whom were farmers, fishermen, shipbuilders, and traders.
What Ipswich is Known for…
Ipswich is world-renowned for its clams, celebrated annually at the Ipswich Chowderfest. The Soffron Brothers Clam Co., founded in the town in 1938, created clam strips, made from the “foot” of hard-shelled sea clams. The company sold these clam strips exclusively to Howard Johnson’s and as the chain grew, they became popular throughout the United States. The town is also home to the Choate Bridge, the oldest stone arch bridge in America, built in 1764.
Listing of Ipswich Favorites
Hart House 1640 LLC, 51 Linebrook Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938
Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine, 25 Hammatt St., Ipswich, MA 01938
Ipswich Clambake Co., 196 High St., Ipswich, MA
Clam Box of Ipswich, 246 High St., Ipswich, MA 01938
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The town of Ipswich is home to one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United Staes. Visitors to the farm can meander among livestock pastures, crop fields wetlands and forest.
Crane Beach, which boasts over four miles of white sand beach and 5.5 miles of trails, is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in New England. Crane Beach has been a favorite of the ocean-loving public for decades. It is also among the world’s most important nesting sites for piping plovers, a threatened bird that was almost hunted to extinction in the 19th century for its eggs and feathers.
Built in 1927, the Great House at Castle Hill is a 59-room Stuart-style mansion, features beautiful Italian gardens, and exquisite views of Crane Beach. In the summer, visitors can enjoy outdoor concerts, an Independence Day celebration, special monthly activities, as well as scheduled public programs. Public tours of the Great House are also available.
Famous People from (or living in) Ipswich
John Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009), American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic, lived in Ipswich in the 1960s and 1970s
Dennis Eckersley, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Cy Young Award Winner and Hall of Famer, spends his summers in Ipswich
John Proctor (March 30, 1632 – August 19, 1692), farmer and tavern keeper, was accused of witchcraft, convicted and hanged during the Salem Witch Trials.