One thing Bruce guarantees on this tour, whether visitors go to one house or all 10, are surprises.
“The house in front never tells the story,” she said. “It can tell a story, often lovely, but outside it’s modest, it doesn’t scream anything at you. Then, you go inside, and you can’t believe it.
“It’s cool, distinguished, interestingly decorated, or the kitchen is to die for. And the features — you can’t believe you saw that, that they did that.”
If you go What: 2013 Open Doors of Ipswich House Tour When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Ipswich Visitors Center, 36 S. Main St., Route 1A, Ipswich. Information: Tickets $25 (children under 12 free) until Oct. 11 at www.OpenDoorsofIspwich.org, or at Ipswich Visitors Center, day of tour only, from 9 a.m. to noon.