Place:Tewksbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

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NameTewksbury
Alt namesTewksbury Centersource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25005121
Tewksbury Centresource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25005121
Tewksbury Villagesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25005121
TypeTown
Coordinates42.6°N 71.233°W
Located inMiddlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
Old Center Cemetery
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Tewksbury (pronounced TOOKS-berry) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 28,961 at the 2010 census.

History

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Tewksbury was first settled in 1637 and was officially incorporated in 1734 from Billerica. Like Tewksbury Township, New Jersey, it is named after the town of Tewkesbury, England. One of the oldest sections of town is the area around the Shawsheen River. This is where the Shawshin tribe settled, allowing them access to a great food source. Tewksbury was also known for a historic visit by President Andrew Jackson, stopping off at local watering hole, Brown's Tavern.

On July 24, 1857, a powerful tornado swept through Tewksbury. The tempest began at Round Pond as a small water spout, and traveled west and then southeast to the Shawsheen River. It dissipated at North Wilmington. Several corn fields and orchards were severely damaged, with one residence having its roof blown off. The tornado was powerful enough to flatten barns and sheds, pull up large trees by their roots, and sweep away and kill a team of oxen. Due to the sparse population, and homes located above the valley floor, no one was killed, and only a few people were injured.

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