Ross Tavern

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Ross Tavern
Ross Tavern, Ipswich, Massachusetts - HABS 1936.jpg
Ross Tavern in 1936, before it was moved to its present site
Ross Tavern is located in Massachusetts
Ross Tavern
Ross Tavern is located in the US
Ross Tavern
Location Ipswich, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°41′53″N 70°49′45″W / 42.69806°N 70.82917°W / 42.69806; -70.82917Coordinates: 42°41′53″N 70°49′45″W / 42.69806°N 70.82917°W / 42.69806; -70.82917
Built 1940
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Colonial, Other
MPS First Period Buildings of Eastern Massachusetts TR
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP March 9, 1990

The Ross Tavern is a historic building at 52 Jeffrey's Neck Road in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Now a private residence, the building was moved to its present site from central Ipswich (adjacent to the Choate Bridge) in 1940, and carefully restored to a First Period appearance.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]

The building has a complicated history, in part because it includes parts of two different structures. A house was built c. 1690 in downtown Ipswich, and moved near the Choat Bridge in 1735.[3] This house, known as the Ross Tavern, remained at that site until it was disassembled and moved to Jeffrey's Neck by Daniel Wendell, an amateur architectural historian, in 1940. Nothing is known of its original owners. Wendell joined the tavern to a second house, the c. 1675-1700 Lord-Collins House, that he also moved to the site. This house is one of a very few First Period homes to provide evidence of a transom window.[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for Ross Tavern". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Ross Tavern". Historic Ipswich. Retrieved 2014-01-01.