2017 Annual New Members Meeting

The Tewksbury Historical Society will be having the Annual New Members Meeting on
March 25, 2017.

The Tewksbury Historical Society will be having the Annual New Members Meeting on March 25, 2017. This Meeting was originally started back in 2002 and gives the Society a mixture of historical presentations or exhibits to teach people the town’s glorious history. Why glorious, because on March 25, 1:00-4:00pm in the Tewksbury Library we will have two exhibits and two speakers. Or as the math society says, “four for the price of none”. Let me explain. The Society has been using a display cabinet in the lobby to show photographs. We first had a display of photographs in the summer depicting the “Heath Brook site” that was a collection donated to us by Pam Lucy Hatten. One was a photograph of a corn field, now the empty asphalt parking lot behind the Jon Ryan Pub. Why is a corn field relevant to Tewksbury’s history? This corn field is perhaps the oldest corn field in eastern United States. The United States are not even as old as this site because it is a documented Native people’s site. The head archaeologist of the Massachusetts Historic Commission did a “dig” there and calculated the site was a Native people site going back 5,000 years! Go to the Local History Room in the library and look at the Indian artifacts found in that field, oops, asphalt parking lot by the Lucy Family.

Read more: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vpO3SWiQCAjWYcLXKKPe_-zt2rAiZEsB

Group aims to preserve Tewksbury cemetery (VIDEO)

By Kori Tuitt, ktuitt@lowellsun.com
Updated:   02/26/2017 09:29:58 AM EST

TEWKSBURY — Tom Marshall took his dog for a stroll last year near the Tewksbury State Hospital Pines Cemetery, and was both confused and intrigued by what he saw.

“I saw a couple of grave markers popping up. I didn’t even know what they were at first,” Marshall said. “When I realized what they were, I started digging them up.”

He saw circular grave markers consumed by the forest. They were covered in leaves, pine needles and fallen tree branches. When Marshall saw a pattern, he decided to do some research online on the history of the hospital and the cemetery. Before becoming the Tewksbury State Hospital, it was the Tewksbury Almshouse.

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_30821017/group-aims-preserve-tewksbury-cemetery#ixzz50Jb9dfOW

New monuments mark path Tewksbury Minutemen took to battle the British

By Kori Tuitt, ktuitt@lowellsun.com
Updated:   04/10/2016 08:02:52 AM EDT
TEWKSBURY — After three years of work, the Tewksbury Historical Society is installing nine monuments along its historical walking trail to honor those who fought in the Revolutionary War.

The granite memorial posts will begin at the town center and continue 2.3 miles to the Billerica line. The path represents the route 97 men took from Tewksbury to fight in the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

The Line-Of-March Dedication Ceremony will be at the Town Common next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. It will feature a re-enactment of what happened 241 years ago when the town’s minutemen and militia fought for independence. During the ceremony, the 1st Southeast Militia Company, 2nd Southeast Militia Company and the West Minutemen Company will all be honored.


Tewksbury’s history and culture of Native Americans

By BRENDAN FOLEY BrendanMFoley@Outlook.com

TEWKSBURY- As the town prepares to hear debates both for and against the Tewksbury Redmen Mascot, one of the key elements of both arguments is the historical treatment of Native Americans in the United States and the Merrimack Valley. Last Thursday, David E. Marcus, President of the Tewksbury Historical Society, held a lecture at the Tewksbury Public Library to shed some light on that history.