WESTFORD — Someday, scientists may be able to conclude that the rock carving that looks like a knight wielding a sword off Depot Street was, in fact, from the 1300s.
Until then, preserving the potentially historic site — the subject of books, TV shows and a film — has been made a priority.
Improvements at the site were unveiled Saturday, with new glass covering the carving, new landscaping, posts and a retaining wall, and a new lifesize bronze sculpture of the knight.
Westford firefighter David Christiana, who designed and worked on the town’s Sept. 11 memorial outside Town Hall, sculpted the knight.
“I wanted to give back, so people who come here would really understand what it’s all about,” he said, moments before the sculpture was unveiled to the playing of bagpipes and drums.
Speakers, including those who said they believe their ancestors could have been involved Scottish explorer Prince Henry Sinclair’s expedition, acknowledged the story is not clear.
“Not everyone agrees that this is really a historical site,” said David Brody, who wrote a novel based on the knight. “Everyone knows how I feel.”
Scott Wolter, a geologist who hosts the Travel Channel’s “America Uncovered” show, said he is “extremely happy, pleased and ecstatic” to see the new site and sculpture. “Is this not amazing?”
By: Grant Walker, 15 June 2015, Lowell Sun,