Barr/Eaton/Tripp Estate Tour

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Russell and Melissa Salo hosted an tour of the Barr/Eaton/Tripp Estate after their extensive renovations.
The home had fallen into disrepair with water damage. The home is an important part of New Ipswich History and they did a wonderful jobs (see photos). First a bit of history about the first owner.

“The first Barr to arrive in New Ipswich was James Barr (1752- 1829) who came here ca.1775 and lived first on Knight’s Hill and later on Page Hill, outside the Village. Barr brought with him from his native Scotland the knowledge of how to prepare and hull oats for oatmeal, a process hitherto unknown in this country. With his father-in-law, he operated a small mill to produce oatmeal, highly prized by Boston apothecaries. Of Barr’s 14 children, the best known in New Ipswich was Dr. James Barr (1790-1845) who began practicing medicine here ca.1816. After his marriage in 1824 to Laura Livermore Bellows, Dr. Barr moved into his wife’s grandparents’ house on Old Country Road, a stately Georgian house with extensive grounds overlooking Appleton Common and built ca.1768. Here the Barr family remained over 140 years. Dr. Barr’s son, George Lyman Barr, was an antiquarian; his widow, Elizabeth, later married George Robert Barrett. His daughter, Caroline Frances Barr, lived here until her death in 1922. During her ownership, the grounds were extensively planted and included the state’s largest willow tree. She was a charter member of the New Ipswich Historical Society, as well as a founder and major benefactor of the New Ipswich Library.”

Source – New Ipswich Center Historic District


Barr/Eaton/Tripp Estate overlooks Appleton Common
Side view


Russell did the brickwork entrance to the kitchen


Wide pine floors and plenty of light


Fireplaces are in most of the rooms


Another view


Non-electric doorbell (and it works) for the front door
Pull a level and the bell rings


View to the front door
I assume the door on right might be for baking bread


The cellar is intriguing, what a place for running around
At one time it had a firing range


Kitchen stove was in the home and was restored
Love he nickel trim


What I assume will be the dining area


I have no idea how many rooms this place has, kept finding them






View from upstairs
A touch from the past, decorative isn’t it?


Another blast from the past


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