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The Wamesit Drive-In was a very popular attraction for both young adults and
families until it was demolished in the late 1980s to make way for the Home
Depot. Just about every person that we have talked to about the
Drive-In stated they always had a great time there, but when asked, very few
could remember what movies they had gone to see!
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This image of the Wamesit Drive-In neon sign was taken
at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. The
exhibition was entitled "New England Neon" and it was drawn from the
Boston area collection of Dave and Lynn Waller. The signs
represented more than 30 years of collecting. Digging in
dumpsters, dangerous crane work, and scrounging for scraps are some of
the ways the Wallers collected the pieces on display. Driven by an
abiding interest in antique neon, the Wallers have devoted time and
energy to gathering and preserving huge metal and glass signs that many
might shy away from. "Sometimes trash is treasure," said Dave
Waller, "and I have actually pulled a number of signs right out the
dump. But these are important relics of a bygone age, and I think
worth preserving. It often happens when someone sees our collection, an
old sign invokes a memory that was long forgotten. They have magic."
Many thanks to Mr. David Waller for providing this image to the
Tewksbury Historical Society.
View a high resolution
image of the Wamesit Drive-In Neon
Sign in JPG format.
View an original "Wamesit Drive-In
Coupon" from the Tewksbury Historical Society Archives.
This great collection of short stories about growing up
in Wamesit and the accompanying photographs were provided by Norbert Pestana.
Read the stories.
The short story entitled "Gas" was written by Ballardvale resident Mr.
Rick Nolin for his own personal Website. This amusing short story mentions
his visit to the Wamesit Drive-In with friends during the mid 1950s.
Download the story.
© 2005 Tewksbury Historical Society, Tewksbury Massachusetts