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Westford, Massachusetts: The Westford Knight

Some see the image of a medieval knight scratched into a roadside rock, and say it marks a visit nearly 100 years before Columbus supposedly discovered America. A bronze knight was added in 2015, supposedly copying what's in the scratches.

17 Depot St., Westford, MA
I-495 exit 32. Drive west on Boston Rd. When you reach the Westford Common, turn right onto Lincoln St. and continue straight onto Main St. Just past the Roudenbush Community Center bear left onto Depot St. The knight is about a quarter-mile up the street, on the right as the road bends right. It's right on the road, so drive a little further, turn right, and park at the high school.
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The Westford Knight.

The Westford Knight

It was great, great workmanship.

[Barbara, 04/25/2021]
Westford Knight

In the Rosslyn Chapel, home of the Sinclairs in Scotland, there is a window whose sculptured surround includes Indian Corn. Sinclair is said to have led a group of eight knights across the Atlantic in 1398. Indian corn was not known in Europe in the 14th century.

[Brian Morgan, 06/19/2019]

Take that, Columbus!

The Westford Knight.

The Westford Knight

I parked at a nearby school and walked to the Westford Knight site.

[Dawn Hughes, 05/24/2019]


Westford Knight

The Westford Knight site now has a full-size statue of the Knight, by Massachusetts sculptor David P. Christiana.

[DCWestford, 04/24/2017]

The Westford Knight.

The Westford Knight

The Westford Knight has been baffling historians for decades. Is it a carved depiction of a Scottish knight who visited Massachusetts in the 1300s, or just a disappointing outdoor rock slab with scratches on it? Whatever it is, the site has just received a significant upgrade: its slab is now protected inside a glass box, and next to it lies a life-size bronze medieval knight in full armor, just like what people say they've been seeing in the rock scratches for years. Now everyone can see it, and no imagination or squinting is required. The knight was sculpted by David Christiana, a Westford fireman, and was unveiled on June 13 to the playing of bagpipes and drums.

[ Team, 06/16/2015]

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Bicentennial Giant Chair, Gardner, MA - 28 mi.

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