Town Historical Survey

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Town Historical Survey

Postby swamper on Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:05 pm

Tewksbury to conduct historical survey
By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl, amayer-hohdahl@lowellsun.com
Updated: 07/29/2009 09:10:53 AM EDT

TEWKSBURY -- What do the Boston Road electrical substation, the First Congregational Church, the bandstand on Town Common and three of the Main Street bridges have in common?

All are testaments to Tewksbury's rich history.

Just as the town celebrates its 275th anniversary, those landmarks and dozens more will soon be assessed as part of a townwide historical survey.

Maine-based ttl-architects, a firm that specializes in historic preservation, will conduct the assessment. The work was funded last year by Town Meeting, which appropriated $28,000 in Community Preservation Act funds for the project.

"The survey will include documenting over 100 places of historical significance within the town," Historical Commission Chairman James Gaffney said in a press release. "(It) will help the commission protect the town's historic resources, including Native American and Colonial cemeteries and architecturally or historically significant buildings over 50 years of age."

The commission has compiled a preliminary list of historic properties to be included in the survey, but is inviting the public to pitch their own buildings and sites for consideration.

Commission members and representatives from ttl-architects will host a public forum tomorrow, at 7 p.m., in the police station's community room to gather ideas and introduce the community to the historical survey.

The assessment will not include Tewksbury Hospital, which was already surveyed when
it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Gaffney said he expects the survey to be completed next spring. It will then be made available to the public.

To view the commission's preliminary list of historic sites, visit http://www.tewksbury.info/Tewksbury%20H ... tyList.pdf.
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