(Editor's note: The following infroamtion was submitted by Historical Society President David Marcus.)
f you do not know who the fellow is on the Tewksbury Town Seal, don't feel bad. He is Tewksbury's most famous out-of-town visitor! You will see him in action in the "NEW" TEWKSBURY PATRIOTIC PLAY". He came from Cambridge, Medford, or Woburn. No one knows who he was but he was one of many Alarm Riders just as Paul Revere and William Dawes were. The Alarm Riders were not armed because if arrested by Advance British Regulars that night, April 18th, 1775, they would have arrested him for armed treason to the King of England and New England.
We were British back then in 1775 and April 18th were the last day we were British because on April 19, 1775, Tewksbury sent 3 companies of Militia to Concord to fight for liberty and justice and the right to rule ourselves. Tewksbury joined other north shore towns of Concord, Billerica, Bedford, Littleton, Reading, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington and others to defend ourselves from 800 British Regulars who marched to Concord to look for and arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock (They went in hiding in Burlington and then Billerica.) and to look for two brass field cannons that were buried in a farmer's field next to North Bridge in Concord.
This play is about Puritans planning to immigrate to Massachusetts Bay Colony, the leaving of Wamesit by the Native Americans in 1676. The actions taken by Tewksbury women in a quilting scene and votes taken by Tewksbury Town Meeting in 1775, and our Middlesex Militia forcing the Redcoat back to Boston will finish out the last three Acts of this Play. Twenty-plus Tewksbury fourth grade students at the Wynn Middle School will perform it on November 14th, 2012 at 7:00pm.
Tickets are a very affordable $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for Senior Citizens and school age children. The play has been modified for performance indoors. Spread the Alarm to anyone you know who loves Tewksbury. After seeing the bravery of Tewksbury men on that day, April 19, 1775, your emotions will swell and you will go home, just as the men from Tewksbury did 237 years ago, with a strong, patriotic feeling about when Tewksbury people became Americans and stopped being British.
Tickets will be sold only at the door. The Wynn School Auditorium holds over 700 people. This play was a collaborative effort by the Tewksbury Historical Society and the Tewksbury Community Education program. The question is will 700 patriots answer this Alarm to view this version of the Patriotic Play?