One of the first descriptions of Ipswich, MA was made by Captain John Smith in 1614 - a description which is still appropriate today: "...there are many sands at the entrance of the Harbour... Here are many rising hills, and on their tops and descents are many corn fields and delightful groves... plain marsh ground, fit for pasture, or salt ponds. There is also Okes, Pines, Walnuts, and other wood to make this place an excellent habitation, being a good and safe harbour."
Ipswich is located in northeastern Massachusetts, bordered by Topsfield, Hamilton, and Essex on the south; Boxford on the west; Rowley on the north, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Ipswich, MA is 12 miles north of Salem, 28 miles north of Boston, and 241 miles from New York City.