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This collection of articles provides information on the tragic events surrounding the massive Lowell Gas Company Explosion that occurred on February 9, 1972 at 10:30 P.M.

During the explosion one Tewksbury Firefighter was killed and many others were very seriously injured.  


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The article "A Picture Perfect Past" was written by reporter Melissa Russell and appeared in the Tewksbury Advertiser on May 26, 2004.   

The Tewksbury Historical Society would like to thank both the Tewksbury Advertiser and reporter Melissa Russell for their continued support and publicity for our activities.


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The article "Library Forum will explore life of General Ames" was written by reporter Stephen Bjork and appeared in the Tewksbury Town Crier on April 21, 2004.   

The Tewksbury Historical Society would like to thank both the Tewksbury Town Crier and reporter Stephen Bjork for their continued kind support of our activities and programs.


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This collection of newspaper articles discuss the fire on October 13th 1918 that destroyed both the Congregational Church and our second Town Hall.  


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This story entitled "Capt. John Trull, Minuteman" provides a look into what happened in Tewksbury on the same night that Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride.   This short story was written by Capt. Larz Neilson and was found in the archives of the Tewksbury Library History Room.


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This cover from the August 1, 1883 edition of Puck Magazine tells of a scandal at the Tewksbury Almshouse (State Hospital). 

The title is "THE WHITEWASH IS TOO THIN. The Republicans in Massachusetts make an attempt to cover their iniquity."

Puck Magazine has been described as "a national power.  It was read religiously by tens of thousands, feared and denigrated by those who felt its barbs, and became one of America's most popular and influential magazines."

The comments on page one refer to some horrific events that reportedly took place at the State Hospital in the 1880s.  We are researching this story and will post more on this shortly.

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This article from Yankee Magazine printed in March of 1976 speaks for itself:

"Tewksbury, Massachusetts is the Carnation Capital of the World.  Currently producing more than 2,000,000 gorgeous blossoms each year, you could say...  Business is Blooming"

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During a visit to Tewksbury more than 125 years ago, President Andrew Jackson reportedly quenched his thirst at what was then known as Brown's Tavern.

The building was bought in 1977 by the Andover Bank who intended to demolish it and build a new bank on the site.

We have put together a collection of newspaper articles that explain the history of both the Tavern and the Brown family, as well as the fight to save this historic property from the wrecking ball. 

A document signed by the legendary pen of John Hancock is also available for download in this section!
 
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The "Man behind Tewksbury's "Castle" was written by Bob Morris and appeared in the Tewksbury Town Crier on February 8, 1973.   

This story provides a glimpse into the life of "the last surviving Union General from the Civil War, and one of the most prominent men in Tewksbury and American History", resident Adelbert Ames.  


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This 1972 article from the Lowell Sun written by Frances Berg explains the origins and ultimately the destruction of the fifth homestead in Tewksbury, built by Timothy Rogers in 1744. 

The story includes some interesting comments about early farming in Tewksbury and provides insight into the life of Mr. Melvin G Rogers. 

If you have ever wondered how Whipple road was named then this is a must read!

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This article from the Lowell Sun entitled "Tewksbury residents honor their own Tom Sawyer" was written by Catherine Clabby and published on June 29, 1987.

We are collecting additional information on Tom Sawyer and will publish it as it becomes available.

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This article from the Town Crier entitled "Following the Spaulding Bell" was published on September 24, 1986. 

The article is actually the text of a speech made by Maureen Kelley during an open house and dedication ceremony at the Tewksbury Fire Department Main Station House on September 13, 1986.

The speech by Mrs. Kelley explains the life of Benjamin Spaulding as well as the history of the Spaulding Bell.

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The Tewksbury Historical Society put together a brief two page document on the Carter Farm, started in the early 1800's at 1624 Main Street.  Included are some highlights pulled from journal records kept for the year 1898.

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The Tewksbury Historical Society sponsored a "History Crawl on Tewksbury's 268th Charter Day Anniversary", held December 23, 2002.  This document provides a list of historic sites in town for the crawl's participants.

The actual crawl may be over but you can still follow this guide to see all of these sites!

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