“proud to be the oldest operating Inn in the country”
Longfellow's Wayside Inn is proud to be the oldest operating Inn in the country, offering comfort and hospitality to travelers along the Boston Post Road since 1716. Enjoy fine dining in one of our dining rooms, come stay the weekend in one of our tastefully appointed rooms, or bring your family to enjoy a quiet walk through one of New England's finest historic sites. Longfellow's Wayside Inn—a nationally significant Massachusetts Historic Landmark—is the oldest Inn still operating in the United States and has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years. What began as a two-room home in 1707, the Howe family ran a successful tavern and innkeeping business on this site from 1716 to 1861.From its Colonial roots as an important stagecoach stop, to Henry Ford's historic preservation of the property as a living museum of American history from 1923 to 1945, the Wayside Inn offers a unique experience of history. The Inn is the perfect backdrop for your own memory-making occasions, as well as a unique casual touring and educational destination.Part of the Wayside Inn Historic Site, Longfellow's Wayside Inn offers informative exhibits as well as atmospheric dining and guest rooms for the visiting public. The Inn serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch to compliment your exploration of the property's 125 scenic acres. Reports of unexplained foot steps, soft music, and perfumed scents have led some people to believe that our "ghost" is the last Howe innkeeper's sister, Jerusha. Jerusha was born in 1797 and died in 1842. While living at the Inn she occupied rooms 9 and 10, and most reports of a mysterious presence have come from houseguests who have stayed in those two rooms!
We stopped off here on the spur of the moment and were blown away by the feel of the place! I bet there have been unexplained foot steps. When we were visiting there was a wedding taking place up the street... so magical! We got a few really nice pictures of it.
You know the story, American girl falls in love with a British guy. He promises to come back to America to marry her. He doesn’t. She dies, single and alone after waiting over 40 years for him and subsequently becomes a ghost (there were also probably cats involved).
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Longfellow's Wayside Inn
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Sat: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Fri: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
- Mon - Thu: 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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