Notable of the Month



The Black Knights of Westford Academy

Before Westford Academy was known as the Grey Ghosts or later as simply the Ghosts, they were known as the Black Knights. The Academy was only called the Black Knights … Read more »


Pvt. Oliver Barrett (1726 -1777) Memorial Dedication, Saratoga National Cemetery

Wednesday October 19, 2022. Oliver Barrett’s 5th great granddaughter, Ann Washburn Lord and her husband David Lord  with the New York Army National Guard Soldiers memorialized a Revolutionary War soldier … Read more »


Capt. Joseph Reed (1716-1795) Westford’s Boston Tea Party participant, Fairview Cemetery

On Saturday October 15, 2022, at Fairview Cemetery, the Westford Historical Society and  the Westford Cemetery Commission in partnership with the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum recognized Capt. Read’s … Read more »


Capt. Rick “Warlock” Bradley (1946-1999)

When Rick Bradley graduated from Westford Academy in 1963, he left a stellar record. During Rick’s senior year, he served as Student Council President and in sports he was a … Read more »


Recollections of Frederic Alvan Fisher (1855-1941)

I have been asked to give out of my recollections a list of householders in Westford Centre and on Westford Street now, so-called, leading from the Common to the Westford … Read more »


Dr. Nettie Marie Stevens (1861-1912)

Nettie Maria Stevens, (1861-1912) Born in Cavindish, VT to Julia (Adams) and Ephraim Stevens. After her mother died, the family moved to Westford when Nettie was a young girl. She … Read more »


The Great Ghosts of 1962

Back in 1962 Westford Academy played its home football games at what is now known as the Abbot School, Depot Street. The field did not have lights, a public address … Read more »


Interviews with Westford Veterans (Audio)

These interviews are part of a collection of CDs “Interviews with Westford Veterans conducted by Christopher Crane, Boy Scouts of America, Andover Troop 73. Presented to the Westford Museum (2008). … Read more »


George “Gusto” Seddon (1923-2013)

Whether it was the students at Westford Academy who knew him as “Gusto,” his older friends who called him “Cuz” or the people who would wait in long lines at … Read more »


Beatrice Scott Farley, (1923-2018) Westford’s First Woman Marine

  United States Marine Corps, Women’s Reserve, World War II By her daughters, Kate Farley and Anne Farley, and Heather Monahan, Senior Administrative Assistant at Westford Cemetery & Veterans Services … Read more »


Betty Stringfellow Hudson (1926-2011) enlisted in the “Auxiliary Territorial Service”

By Janice Acquard ( July 2022) Betty Stringfellow Hudson was born in England on March 17th, 1926. By the time she was in her early teens WWII was raging in … Read more »


Nancy (Heywood) Richmond (1820-1898) Part 1&2

Why Edgar Allen Poe called Nancy Richmond, “Anne” is a mystery. By James Van Bever (June/July 2022) It is believed that after Poe started to call her Annie that she … Read more »