Sudbury in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Washington at the Wayside Inn
Passed This Place
On His Way to
To Take Command
June 1775 July
Erected by Old Essex Chapter S.A.R., Lynn, Mass.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Notable Buildings • Notable Events • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sudbury MA 01776, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 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 Our Soldiers' Lot (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sudbury (approx. 3.9 miles away); Knox Trail (approx. 4 miles away); The John Brown Bell (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 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
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
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,097 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.