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New England My Happy Photo of the Day: The Wayside Inn Sudbury Grist Mill in Sudbury, Mass.

Sudbury Grist Mill, Sudbury, Mass.
Sudbury Grist Mill. Buy this photo as a framed "My Happy Place" print on Etsy.

Article, photo by Eric Hurwitz created for VisitingNewEngland.com on 2/26/2021 @newenglandinfo



Few places say "New England" as much as the Sudbury Grist Mill in Sudbury, Mass. As an iconic replica of  a 1740s grist mill built in 1929 by Henry Ford, the Sudbury Grist Mill charms with its rustic, idyllic woodsy setting where the water powered stone mill still produces corn meal and wheat flower. If this landmark site looks familiar, you're on the right track Pepperidge Farms uses the Grist Mill for its logo.

The Wayside Inn -- the oldest operating inn in the United States -- comprises main four buildings that include the Grist Mill. The others: The Inn, of course, and the Chapel and Schoolhouse. The Wayside Inn succinctly summarizes its grand New England presence on its web site, stating, "From its 18th century beginnings as an important stagecoach stop to its 19th century immortalization by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to Henry Ford's expansion and historic preservation of the property as a living museum of American History in the 20th century, the Wayside Inn offers the 21st Century visitor a unqiue window into over 300 years of American history." 


The Grist Mill grounds retain an idyllic beauty, the Mill a timeless appeal as part of this wonderful slice of traditional New England relevance and ambiance and a significant historical American attraction.

Editor's note: Always call ahead for current hours of operation for the seasonal Grist Mill and the year-round Inn. For the record, I took this winter photo of the Grist Mill from the side of the road as the scene looks so special any time  of the year.

The Sudbury Grist Mill is located at 72 Wayside Inn Rd., Sudbury, MA. For info on the Grist Mill and the entire Wayside Inn property, call 1-800-339-1776

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