​​Tewksbury Historical Society

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc

Major Corporate Line-Of-March Donors and Sponsors

Hardy-Pike House

The Hardy-Pike House is threatened by demolition by the Town of Tewksbury but the Tewksbury Historical Commission placed a nine-month Demolition Delay on the building, which is owned by a Houston car dealership group.  The house still stands where it has for the past 275 years.  Developer James Andella and the Society are working hard to try to move it to 155 East Street, a house lot owned by Mr. Andella’s company.  He plans to place it there to use as a dentist office or bank but he needs a zoning change at Town Meeting in May 2016.  We'll keep you informed.

Tewksbury Public Health Museum


The Society has been collaborating with the Public Health Museum, located in the Morris Building on the Tewksbury Hospital Campus. We have been working on Health and History weekend events on April 8 & 9, 2016.  The biggest event will be two performances of “Annie Sullivan Speaks” on April 9th by actress Corrine Cullen celebrating Tewksbury’s most famous woman.

Annie was an “inmate” at Tewksbury Hospital. She did not have a good time! She was wild because she was only partially sighted and was locked up in a hospital cell. She did not communicate with people attending to her. Eventually a maid who cleaned her area made friends with Annie when the doctors could not figure her out. The maid got through by bringing in baked goods for her. Annie accepted these and they became friends. The maid then showed the Staff her breakthrough and they began to get through to this wild “hurricane.” Later she heard that men from the Perkins School for the Blind were going to tour the hospital. When they appeared, Annie ran to them and clung to one and pleaded, “I want to learn!” Annie was accepted at Perkins and she was on the road to being a teacher. She became the miracle worker for Helen Keller.  


Click here to read more about Annie Sullivan and George Washington.


Events Schedule:

(click here to print a pdf version of the schedule)

Friday, April 8, 2016
         7:00 pm - Tewksbury Hospital Campus, 365 East Street, Morris Building
                          Free admission to the museum and lectures from 1 - 7 today.

  
         The President and Officers of the Public Health Museum in Massachusetts invite you

         to a brief ceremony honoring Duncan Hazel next Friday, April 8, 2016  at 7 pm at the

         Museum.  The ceremony will be followed by 2 lectures to which the public is invited:

  • George Washington’s Relationship to Tewksbury presented by David Marcus, President of the Tewksbury Historical Society

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  • Revolutionary War Diseases presented by Dr. Al DeMaria Jr., Medical Director and State Epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Bureau of Infectious Disease


Saturday, April 9, 2016
       2:00 pm – Tewksbury Hospital Campus, 365 East St, Old Chapel
                          Admission*: General = $10.00, Children under 12 = $6.00, Seniors = $6.00


                 Annie Sullivan Speaks presented by actress Corrine Cullen


       3:00 pm - Public Health Museum Tour

 
       3:00 - 4:00 pm - Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

                                   Free Admission


                     Meet director Patti Lessard who will talk on therapeutic equestrian

                     riding at the farm.


       3:00 - 5:00 pm - Open House in the Chapel for various non-profit programs to show the  

                      public their mission and purpose.


        7:00 pm – Tewksbury Hospital Campus, 365 East St, Old Chapel
                          Admission*: General = $10.00, Children under 12 = $6.00, Seniors = $6.00


                 Annie Sullivan Speaks presented by actress Corrine Cullen


          * All proceeds to Public Heath Museum and the Tewksbury Historical Society


Wednesday, April 13, 2016


            7:00pm – Tewksbury Senior Center
                              Free Admission, however open to Garden Club members and Tewksbury
                              Historical Society members only.


                   
Tewksbury Flora and Trees, presented by David E. Marcus


Sunday, April 17, 2016

       

       Patriot's Day Re-enactment & Line of March Dedication

1:30 pm     Town Common – Alarm Rider arrives


1:35             Alarm is sounded

1:45             Various militiamen arrive from North, South, East, and West corners of Tewksbury and they

                     muster on Common near the Congregational Church.

1:50              Two companies of Southeast Tewksbury Militia and one West Minutemen company of Tewksbury

                      march to Concord (aka Tewksbury Library), via East Street & Lee Street (with police escort).

                      Townspeople may join in after the militias leave if they so please.

2:05               Arrival at Library for Dedication, 21 Gun Salute, and a brief talk on the historical importance of

                       this event to Tewksbury history.


2:15                Coffee & donut social outside of Library (or inside if needed).

Please patronize out sponsors.  Thank you all for your support.

We'd also like to acknowledge the various retirement facilites in Tewksbury.  Our Interim President, Dave Marcus, has given historical talks to the residents of Heatherwoods, Bayberry, Blair House, and Meadowview.  The response has been gratifying.  We are lucky to have these wonderful facilities in our Town.   

April Health and History Events

Please Note:  Our email address has changed.  Our new address is Info@TewksburyHistoricalSociety.org

Want to learn more?

Society members are available every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 1 - 5 pm, at the Tewksbury Library History Room, 300 Chandler St.,  Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

or  email us here

Tewksbury Historical Society

Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Founded 1993

For more than two decades we have worked to preserve, document and educate the community about our local history.  We would welcome your participation.

About Us

The Tewksbury Selectmen voted unanimously to allow the Tewksbury Historical Society to put up 9 granite posts as Memorials to the Tewksbury Militia that marched to Concord to protect and keep safe that community on April 19, 1775.  One hundred men marched that morning and fought the British who had invaded Lexington and then Concord.  Tewksbury’s three Militia Companies arrived at Meriam’s Corner and fought the British on the flanks and from the rear of the British column as they returned to Boston.    


Read more here....

Line-of-March Program Given Final Approval!

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