The Wayside Inn Grist Mill during the winter of 2011. Taken 2/6/11. Sudbury, Massachusetts USA.

From Wikepedia:
(The inn is also known as Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, a name given to the inn to capitalize on the popularity of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Tales of a Wayside Inn, a book of poems published in 1863. Longfellow visited the Wayside Inn in 1862, when it was called the How Tavern. In Tales of a Wayside Inn, the poem The Landlord’s Tale was the source of the immortal phrase “listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.”

The inn’s grist mill.Henry Ford built a replica and fully working grist mill and a white non-denominational church, named after his mother, Mary, and mother in law, Martha. Lesser known is Ford’s attempt to create a reservoir for the Wayside Inn. Across US Rte. 20 and now secluded in a wooded area behind private homes is a 30 ft. high stone dam. Dubbed by the locals as “Ford’s Folly” the structure failed at its task because the feeding brook provided insufficient volume and the ground was too porous to allow for a pond to grow behind the stone structure.

In the grounds of the church stands a one-room schoolhouse that was moved there from its original location in Sterling, Massachusetts, by Henry Ford, who believed the building was the actual schoolhouse mentioned in Sarah Josepha Hale’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, though little historical evidence exists to support his belief.

Current Innkeeper John Cowden, Jr. and his staff have purchased and renovated the (now-named) Wayside Carriage House Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts. It is less than one mile from the original Wayside Inn, and it features 46 guest rooms, two spas, a fitness center, a function room, a full service bar, complimentary continental breakfast, and a shuttle to bring guests to Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. Cowden will serve as Innkeeper for both establishments.)

Nikon D300, Photomatix and finished in Picnik (1 raw image), 200 ISO, handheld, 70×300 Nikon Lens, f/6.3.


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  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanover 3 years ago

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 3 years ago

    beautiful work!! I never thought to shoot this pretty scene in winter – lovely!!

  • I was up in the area this weekend and decided to get some winter pictures of Concord and Sudbury! :) Thanks so much, Linda!!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Ryan O'Donoghue
    Ryan O'Donoghueover 3 years ago

    Nice shot Monica, this really is a beautiful piece of the world. The food at the Wayside Inn is fantastic too!

  • Thank you so much, Ryan! It is a pretty spot, all four seasons! :)

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 3 years ago

    lovely capture of this inn in winter dressing. Nicely done!

  • Thanks so much, Phil!!!!

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  • jules572
    jules572over 3 years ago

    Wonderful Winter scenery Monica, looks almost as if you painted it. Love the colors of the stone facade with the accent of red…Jules…Favor

  • Thanks so much, Jules!!! And, thanks for the fav! :)

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 3 years ago

    what a wonderful capture and treatment dear Monica.x

  • Thanks so much, Catherine!!! :)

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  • Sharon Batdorf
    Sharon Batdorfover 3 years ago

    awesome capture! The red wheel and trim om the roof really makes it pop!!

  • Thanks, Sharon!!!!

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  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image featured in the group,we hope you will now consider adding it to our Featured Only Avatar Challenge

  • Wow, thanks so very much, Trudi!!!

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  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    WOW!!!!So beautiful Monica! Congratulations on your wonderful feature:)

  • Thank you so much!!!! :)

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  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    What a wonderful contrast the red makes, this mill was constructed for photographers not poets!!!! Great shot. Alma

  • Thanks so very much, Alma!!!

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