Sometime between 1701-1715, Alexander Lovell built a house on this plot of land in Ipswich, Mass., which was passed on to his daughter, Sarah.
On the night of June 9, 1811, the original house burned, along with most of its contents. A boy named Abraham Burnham was sleeping inside, and thankfully, someone remembered and saved him at the last minute.
Captain Isreal Pulcifer, for whom this house is named, had this property rebuilt, making a request to extend his property line ten feet. In light of his loss, the town granted the request. Once a Federal style house, the an 1870s restoration added a Mansard roof.
“Miraculously, all original woodwork, wainscoting, molding, ornamental trim, a Samuel McIntire inspired carved mantle and Vermont slate roof all survived these changes and have been renovated to their original condition,” says the Historic Ipswich website.
According to the entry on the MACRIS database, the house interior also has painted floor decorations in an eagle pattern, which is very rare.
It has six bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and more than 4,600 square feet.