Tewksbury is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. 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 of Native Americans 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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.1 square miles (55 km2), of which 20.7 square miles (54 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 1.61%, is water. The Merrimack River forms part of the northern boundary of Tewksbury, while the Shawsheen River runs through the southern end of town as well. Tewksbury is considered part of Greater Lowell.
The town is located approximately 19 miles (31 km) north-northwest of Boston along I-93 and I-495 (Boston’s outer beltway). Tewksbury is bordered by the city of Lowell to the northwest, Dracut to the north (unreachable across the Merrimack), Andover to the northeast, Wilmington to the southeast and Billerica to the southwest. Tewksbury also meets the town of Chelmsford at a point in the middle of the Concord River, along with Lowell and Billerica.