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Sudbury in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Washington at the Wayside Inn

 
 
Washington Passed This Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, April 14, 2010
1. Washington Passed This Place Marker
Inscription.
Washington
Passed This Place
On His Way to
Cambridge
To Take Command
of the
Patriot Army
June 1775 July

 
Erected by Old Essex Chapter S.A.R., Lynn, Mass.
 
Location. 42° 21.436′ N, 71° 28.138′ W. Marker is in Sudbury, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Wayside Inn Road ¼ mile west of Boston Post Road (U.S. 20), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sudbury MA 01776, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sudbury Fight (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hop Brook Mill (approx. 2.7 miles away); Pike Haven Homestead (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Goodnow Garrison House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Sudbury (approx. 3.9 miles away); Knox Trail (approx. 4 miles away); The John Brown Bell (approx. 4 miles away); Stow (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sudbury.
 
More about this marker. Marker is near the front entrance of the historic Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.
 
Regarding Washington at the Wayside Inn. Gen. George Washington passed many places during the Revolutionary
Wider View Including the Wayside Inn image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, April 14, 2010
2. Wider View Including the Wayside Inn
War, of course, but this inn is significant as the setting for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1863 work, Tales of a Wayside Inn. The inn, originally known as the Howe Tavern, dates from 1716 and was operated by successive innkeepers of the Howe family for nearly a century and a half.

The most famous poem in Longfellow’s collection, called “Paul Revere’s Ride”, begins with these stirring lines:

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year. . . .



Paul Revere’s actions on the night of April 18-19, 1775, to spread the alarm “through every Middlesex village and farm” mark the start of the Revolutionary War. Each year, the third Monday in April is celebrated as Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts.
 
Also see . . .
1. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. An account of the inn over three centuries. (Submitted on April 19, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

2. Tales of a Wayside Inn. Longfellow’s collection of poems, with “Paul Revere’s Ride” starting on page 19. (Submitted on April 19, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Additional keywords. Longfellow's Wayside Inn
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsNotable EventsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Sign for the Inn Itself image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, April 14, 2010
3. The Sign for the Inn Itself
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is a popular destination in the town of Sudbury, 20 miles west of Boston.
Nearby Grist Mills image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, April 14, 2010
4. Nearby Grist Mills
Visitors to the inn can also see this restoration, ¼ mile down the road to the west.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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