The Old Post Office

I got a compliment from a family for my posing in front of the Old Post Office in Ipswich, Mass.

It isn’t often I’m in a town with multiple structures built in the 1600s and 1700s, so I brought out my biggest smile for the Old Post Office, built in 1763 in Ipswich, Mass.

It was Ipswich’s first post office, and possibly the oldest standing post office in the country. It served as such from 1790 through the 1840s.

In 1763, Dr. John Manning bought the lot and built a warehouse, house and a barn. This building was the warehouse, and also served as a store. It became a post office in 1790.

Famed silversmith Daniel Rogers had the building in 1799, additionally using it as a workshop and a store.

The Old Post Office has been used as a clock and antique shop, and is currently a private residence. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it has 1,571 square feet. It sold in 2019 for $681,000.

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